Monday, September 9, 2013
An attorney who violated a number of ethics rules in representing a family whose son had died while in the custody of the Essex County Jail was reprimanded by the New Jersey Supreme Court. The defendant was Essex County.
The attorney not only neglected the case and failed to communicate with the clients, but his law firm was later engaged to represent the county in adverse possession matters for a fee of up to $50,000.
The attorney failed to advise the clients of the directly adverse representation until the firm terminated the representation in the wrongful death case some time later.
Fortunately, the clients were able to secvure other counsel and proceed with the claim.
The attorneys also made inaccurate representations as to his bar status on the firm web page. (Mike Frisch)