September 30, 2011
Left In The Lurch, Attorney Reprimanded
An attorney admitted in Iowa in September 2009 and Nebraska in June 2010 was publicly reprimanded by the Nebraska Supreme Court.
The attorney was hired as a law clerk while in his second year of law school. He later became an associate to the firm, which had been a solo practice. His employing attorney "began to work fewer hours in the office, apparently due to a severe disruption in her nonwork life." She began to miss hearings and appointments; she later was hospitalized for stress.
The attorney was the only other lawyer in the office. He tried to carry on the practice, signing the other attorney's name to pleadings and checks with her consent. He notarized "at least" two pleadings that he himself had signed with her name.
The attorney admitted the charged misconduct. (Mike Frisch)
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