May 27, 2009
Reinstated Without Conditions
The Oklahoma Supreme Court has granted a petition for reionstatement of an attorney who presently resides in Kansas and does not practice in Oklahoma. A dissent would grant reinstatement with conditions:
This is a proceeding for de novo review of a Professional Responsibility Tribunal's recommendation that petition for reinstatement be conditionally granted. The conditions are described in paragraphs 4 and 5 of the Trial Panel's report.
The Tribunal recommends (1) that "petitioner must agree [to] and more adequately disclose this restricted nature of the representation" he provides in prelitigation stage for clients injured in car wrecks and (2) that the General Counsel of the Oklahoma Bar Association be satisfied that petitioner has demonstrated "satisfactory knowledge of Rules 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 7.1 and 7.2 of the Oklahoma Rules of Professional Conduct."
I would condition petitioner's reinstatement as an active member of the Bar in the manner proposed by the Trial Panel's Report.
This decision would benefit by a fuller explanation of both the reasons for the prior suspension and the nature of the attorney's proposed use of his Oklahoma license. (Mike Frisch)
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