June 7, 2010
The Georgia Supreme Court has rejected a second petition for voluntary discipline of an attorney who had fraudulently collected over $500,000 from the firm where he was employed as an associate. He sumitted false invoices for outside vendors and performed the services himself. The misconduct took place over a six-year period. When the misconduct was discovered in a billing review, he was terminated and promptly repaid $526,922.
The court previously had rejected a petition (supported by the State Bar) for a six to 12-month suspension. The court here rejected a petition for a two to four-year suspension with reinstatement conditioned upon a favorable recommendation from a psychologist or psychiatrist that he is fit to practice law. The court found the "extent of [the attorney's] fraudulent and deceptive conduct" and the mitigation offered in connection makes the proposed suspension an "inappropriate sanction..." The State Bar now objects to any sanction short of disbarment.
This report from the ABA Journal notes that the attorney had been an associate at Greenberg Traurig. (Mike Frisch)
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