Wednesday, January 2, 2013
A Louisiana Hearing Board has recommended dismissal of ethics charges arising out of conduct at an informal settlement conference in the accused attorney's office.
The matter involved a civil construction suit. The opposing parties and their counsel (who were all present) made an offer of settlement that the accused attorney felt was insulting.
In the course of outlining the strengths of his clients' case, he stated that to the opposing side that he would "nail you down like Pontius Pilot[sic] and the nail driving five."
There was no physical contact and the case was resolved on terms acceptable to both sides without further incident.
The hearing board concluded that the behavior was "unprofessional" but did not violate the charged disciplinary rules.(Mike Frisch)