June 28, 2011
Attorney Called For Traveling Violation
A public reprimand was imposed by the Oklahoma Supreme Court on an attorney who had submitted false travel claims to his law firm:
In February 2010, the Respondent submitted travel claims to his law firm in the amount of $1,722.74 and a request for a travel advance in the amount of $650. Both these amounts were to be billed to a client. At the time, Respondent was a partner at the firm of Sonnenschein, Nath and Rosenthall in their Kansas City, Missouri office. When attorneys at the firm discovered discrepancies with the travel claims, they reviewed them with the Respondent. Respondent admitted falsifying the claims and was terminated by the firm.
Respondent is licensed both by the states of Missouri and Texas. Disciplinary proceedings initiated first with the Missouri Bar Association when Respondent self-reported his actions. The Missouri Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel deemed public reprimand to be the appropriate discipline. The Texas Bar Association also issued a public reprimand in response to Respondent's actions in this matter.
The attorney had self-reported the misconduct and made restitution. (Mike Frisch)
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A surprisingly low level of discipline for an offense involving dishonesty. I had a similar case in California, a reciprocal discipline case from Colorado. The Colorado discipline was stayed suspension with no actual suspension; my good friends in California insisted on 60 days of actual suspension!
Posted by: David Cameron Carr | Jun 29, 2011 8:45:25 AM