Monday, October 1, 2012

Making A Bad Situation Worse

The New Jersey Supreme Court has rejected the censure recommendation of the Disciplinary Review Board and imposed a three-month suspension in a matter in which the attorney covered up his neglect of the client's matter.

The client retained the attorney's firm to pursue a medical malpractice claim on a contingent fee basis. The matter was not entered into the law firm's computer system. By the time the attorney focused on the case, the statute of limitations had run.

The suspension was a result of the attorney's response to the situation.

He falsely told the client that the matter had settled and fabricated a document to support his story. He eventually told the client the truth when confronted in his office. He then admitted that he had "screwed up" and advised the client that he had a legal malpractice claim against him. (Mike Frisch)

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