Monday, February 14, 2011
The Connecticut Appellate Court has affirmed a judgment suspending an attorney who had submitted an application for a staff attorney position with the state workers' compensation commission.
The attorney-applicant stated that he was employed by a non-existent law firm, claimed that he graduated cum laude from New England College School of Law (he had not), claimed he had been assistant note editor on law review (also not), listed a reference at a non-existent address and did not disclose a law firm where he had worked.
The court rejected a variety of motions, including claims that the court lacked subject matter and personal jurisdiction. The attorney had denied knowledge of the application and claimed to be a victim of identity theft.
The identity theft claim was not served by the attorney's failure to appear. The court quotes the trial court: "[his] failure to attend any court or grievance proceeding related to this matter is truly puzzling in light of his identity theft defense. What better way to prove he was not the attorney who gave false information to [the complainant] than appearing and allowing her to confirm that he was not that attorney?" (Mike Frisch)