Monday, October 27, 2008
The Georgia Supreme Court imposed a public reprimand and a one month suspension in a case where the attorney and his former law partner represented a corporation and a director in state court and in a federal bankruptcy case. The lawyer claimed that the partner made a false statement in the federal matter that was misattributed to him. The Court of Appeals had affirmed a contempt finding in the state action that concluded that the lawyer made the statement at issue. The lawyer "chose to stand behind the falsehoods despite his lack of first-hand knowledge and continued to blame his law partner."
In the bar case, the court accepted that the lawyer's state of mind was negligent. He had paid a fine and "greatly regrets his misconduct." (Mike Frisch)