March 14, 2011
Recovery Leads To Reinstatement
The Colorado Hearing Board granted the reinstatement petition of an attorney disbarred in 2002 for, among other things, knowing conversion of client and third-party funds.
The attorney's downfall was his addiction to alcohol. As a result, "his personal and professional life fell apart." He lost his lobbying clients, was divorced and estranged from his family. By 2004, he stated: " my life had come to where I was sleeping in a friend's basement on a pad on the floor with a TV and half a gallon of vodka to keep me company."
After an intervention, he entered a 28 day treatment program and has not had a drink since 2004. He obtained employment and reestablished his lobbying practice. He has been engaged in a number of community service activities and married a woman he met in AA. He also passed the July 2010 Bar exam. (Mike Frisch)
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