Monday, May 6, 2013
The Georgia Supreme Court has accepted a peition for voluntary discipline and imposed a twelve-month suspension of an attorney who misappropriated client funds.
The attorney had used entrusted funds to keep his firm operating in the face of financial troubles. He had hoped to restore the funds.
According to the court, the attorney "notes that his misappropriation was not for his own pleasure or amusement, but rather to pay amounts owed to the creditors and employees of his law firm."
The attorney had been treated for years for major depression and bipolar disorder. He had an otherwise unblemished professional and civic reputation.
His reinstatement is condition on certification of a mental health professional that he is fit to practice law. (Mike Frisch)