Monday, July 16, 2012
An attorney who "repeatedly crossed the line of permissible advocacy by advancing baseless claims, seeking unwarranted legal remedies, and misrepresenting both the facts and the law before two tribunals" has been publicly censured by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
The representation at issue involved the attorney's employer and the Department of Environmental Protection. The client had purchased a landfill in a bankruptcy and "thereafter sought to avoid the expenses of obtaining necessary permit(s) and posting the required bond."
The attorney had continued his course of conduct after a "scathing appraisal of [his] behavior" by a federal judge.
The Disciplinary Board noted that the attorney had no prior discipline and that "his current practice is dedicated to the representation of disabled and developmentally delayed children in their quest for needed services from the public schools." (mike Frisch)