Wednesday, February 15, 2012
The Rhode Island Supreme Court imposed a suspension of nine months in a matter where the attorney had converted to his own use a portion of the proceeds of a personal injury settlement.
The attorney made a number of proper disbursements but withheld a portion for medical payments. Some of these bills were paid from other sources. The attorney still did not pay the client.
The client complained. Disciplinary Counsel issued a subpoena. The subpoena response proved that the attorney used entrusted funds for his own benefit.
In mitigation, the attorney had "family turmoil," medical issues and a flood. (Mike Frisch)