Thursday, July 19, 2012
The Oregon Supreme Court has imposed a six-month suspension of an attorney for misconduct in two client matters.
The attorney was retained by a client arrested on a 24 year old warrant from Florida. He charged a retainer of $1,200. The client signed an extradition waiver but was never extradicted.
The court found the fee excessive. Further, the court found that the attorney had not responded to the bar complaint in a timely matter and that the attorney's eventual cooperatioon did not undo that violation.
in the second matter, the attorney's lapses were found to "not reflect a few mistakes. Rather, it reflects a pattern of ignorance of the most basic applicable rules and a failure to heed instructions of both the trial court and the Court of Appeals." (Mike Frisch)