Thursday, February 23, 2012

Censure For Advertising Violations

The Wyoming Supreme Court has approved a public censure of an attorney admitted in Utah and, as of 2010, in Wyoming.

The misconduct involved three ads that the attorney purchased in the Sweetwater County telephone directory. The ads did not include his office address as required by the court's rules. One failed to have a required disclaimer; the ads that had that disclaimer was "in type size smaller than the smallest type size appearing in the ad," which also violated the rules. Finally, the ads contained prohibited claims of certification.

The attorney conceded that he was negligent in relying on the advertising agency to comply with the rules. He fired the agency, is "extremely embarrassed," and agreed to a press release that described the misconduct and court action.

The ad stated that he had been "recently seen in Forbes magazine as THE leading personal in the Central United States." (Mike Frisch)

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