Wednesday, November 9, 2011
The Rhode Island Supreme Court has imposed a one-year suspension of an attorney who commingled and converted part of the proceeds of a civil settlement. The converted funds were set aside to pay medical bills.
The attorney attributed the misconduct to alcohol and drug abuse.
We commend the respondent for seeking treatment. However, while his abuse of alcohol and drugs may explain his behavior, it is not an excuse.
The attorney paid the medical bills prior to the hearing before the disciplinary boartd. He is also serving a Rhode Island suspension based on discipline imposed in Florida. (Mike Frisch)