September 16, 2012
The Mason-Dixon Business Card Violates Advertising Rule
An attorney who is admitted to practice in Massachusetts moved to Georgia, where he has never been admitted. He opened an office and practiced immigration law.
While in Georgia, he engaged in two instances unauthorized practice. Not only that, but his conduct in the representations involved substantive ethical violations such as conflicts of interest and dishonesty.
The attorney was suspended for six months and a day in Massachusetts.
One interesting aspect of the case involved charges that the attorney's business card violated advertising rules.
One side of the card had his Massachusetts address; the other side had the Georgia address. The Georgia side said he was admitted in Massachusetts; the Massachusetts side said nothng about his admission status.
The Board of Bar Overseers found that the failure to affirmatively disclaim Georgia bar admission on the card was misleading.
The attorney did not note an exception on the point of law. (Mike Frisch)
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