June 1, 2011
A Single Matter
If you teach Professional Responsibility (or whatever your law school calls such a course) and wish to underscore how a single matter can virtually destroy a career, this recent three-year consent suspension imposed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court might be of some interest.
The attorney was admitted in 2001. The misconduct was in connection with the appeal of denied worker's compensation benefits. The attorney was paid $15,000 in advanced fees and dissipated the fees over a period of years without earning what he paid himself. He then avoided the client for years.
He was able to avoid disbarment by being remorseful and cooperating with the bar prosecution. He had no discipline other than the one case. (Mike Frisch)
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