March 18, 2013
Internet Review Response Violated Duty Of Confidentiality
The Georgia Supreme Court has rejected a petition for voluntary for an attorney's admitted violation of the duty of confidentiality.
After being discharged by a client, the attorney posted personal and confidential information about the former client on the Internet.
The post was in response to a negative review about the attorney posted on a consumer web site.
The court recognized mitigating factors but found that there was insufficient information about the nature of the misconduct to impose the review panel reprimand sought in the petition.
The practice point: It's OK to get mad at a former client but one should avoid the impulse to get even. (Mike Frisch)
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