Monday, October 6, 2008
An associate of a Georgia law firm with three years experience was "assigned to conduct discovery for a products liability case, despite having very little experience in the area." He failed to forward discovery requests to the client and did not respond to those requests, failed to inform the partner on the case and made misreprestations to the court. Sanctions were imposed against the client as a result although the case itself was settled.
He was under pressure to add billable hours while studying for the South Carolina bar exam, suffered panic attacks and "constantly felt as if he were having a heart attack." He resigned from the firm and took a three-month sabbatical from practice. He sought treatment, "is remorseful, and avers that it will not happen again." The Georgia Supreme Court rejected the bar's proposed suspension and imposed a public reprimand. (Mike Frisch)