March 27, 2010
Email Breaches Duty Of Confidentiality
A Wyoming attorney who was practicing before the Colorado courts was suspended for a year and a day in Colorado. The attorney was charged with ethics violations after she undertook a divorce case. When informed that the client no longer wanted her services, the attorney sent an email to opposing counsel that made false accusations that the client had committed perjury, judge tampering, staged a 911 call and was engaged in a criminal enterprise for profit.The email also disclosed confidential information relating to the representation.
The Presiding Disciplinary Judge concluded that the attorney had violated the duty of confidentiality by sending the email. The attorney had charged the client $250 per hour, which was "far beyond an appropriate rate" given her lack of experience in divorce matters and thus excessive.
The attorney did not participate in the disciplinary case. (Mike Frisch)
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