Monday, December 13, 2010
The Georgia Supreme Court rejected a petition for voluntary discipline of a three-month suspension in a matter where the attorney paid a non-lawyer a percentage of fees. When the non-lawyer was under investigation for unauthorized practice, the attorney made false statements to the Office of General Counsel before "finally admitting" the fee split arrangement.
The attorney was "very forthright and very apologetic" and had no prior discipline. She suffered from a physical ailment and stress over the failure of her solo practice. Nonetheless, the court found the proposed sanction "an insufficient level of discipline despite the mitigating factors." (Mike Frisch)