Wednesday, November 20, 2013
The Oklahoma Supreme Court has denied reinstatement to an attorney disbarred in 2007 for conviction in a health care fraud.
The court concluded that there were "multiple deficiencies" in his reinstatement effort.
Perhaps the most concerning factor to this Court is that there is no question that Golden, at the time he engaged in the underlying scheme, was a bright, talented, up-and-coming professional who had to understand that his misconduct made a hypocrisy of the legal profession. Based on their knowledge of the applicant during the period when the misconduct occurred, without exception, the judges and fellow attorneys testifying on Golden's behalf praised his legal skills, his learning of the law, and the way he presented himself in the courtroom, in negotiations with fellow attorneys, and to the public. Each and every individual thought that the applicant presented himself as an outstanding representative of the profession. At the same time these opinions were being formed, Golden was both participating in an unethical and illegal scheme and in law-related activities which undoubtedly made him hyper-sensitive to the criminal activities he participated in and facilitated.
The court allowed for the possibly of reinstatement in the future.
The disbarment order is linked here. (Mike Frisch)