Monday, January 10, 2011
The Georgia Supreme Court has ordered a three-year suspension of an attorney for misconduct while representing a client in a case alleging violation of a municipal ordinance. The client was found guilty and sentenced to three days in jail and a $400 fine. The ethical violations involved the attorney's behavior in a series of appeals.
The client filed a bar grievance while the case was still on appeal. The attorney "advise[d the client] that the Bar complaint was contrary to her interests and would distract him from addressing issues that were actually adverse to her...and most likely would be dismissed as lacking merit." The attorney continued to represent the client despite her discharge of him.
The attorney must satisfy conditions for reinstatement that include a psychiatric evaluation establishing his fitness to practice law. (Mike Frisch)