Tuesday, November 21, 2017
The District of Columbia Disciplinary Counsel has filed new ethics charges against Larry Klayman
In or about January 2010, Respondent undertook to represent Ms. Elham Sataki in connection with her claims of sexual harassment by a co-worker, Mr. Mehdi Falahati, while employed with the Persian News Network (PNN) of Voice of America (VOA). PNN-VOA is managed by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), a federal agency responsible for the United States Government's international broadcasting. Respondent had not previously represented Ms. Sataki in a legal matter.
They agreed to a contingent fee but (allegedly)
During the course of the representation, Respondent told Ms. Sataki about his desire to establish a romantic relationship with her.
Ms. Sataki declined Respondent's entreaties to establish a romantic relationship.
In or about May 2010, Respondent sent correspondence to Ms. Sataki acknowledging her decision not to become romantically involved with him. Respondent also informed Ms. Sataki that he would change the terms of their contingent fee arrangement, and require 50% of any recovery she may receive.
The lawsuit was filed in the federal district court
On July 26, 2010, Respondent filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, a motion to disqualify the judge presiding over Ms. Sataki's case. As grounds for the motion, Respondent alleged that the presiding judge, Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, who had been appointed by United States President William Jefferson Clinton, was biased against him because he had filed several lawsuits against the former President and the former First Lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
This allegedly was inconsistent with the client's desire for a quiet resolution of her case.
He is alleged to have violated the duty of confidentiality
WorldNetDaily is a periodical that can be accessed on the world-wide web. According to its own website, dated February 19, 2015, "WND currently attracts nearly 5 million unique visitors per month and more than 40 million page views, according to its own internal monitoring software."
On or about April 30, 2010, Respondent authored an article that was published by WorldNetDaily that described, in part, his representation of Ms. Sataki and her claims against alleged to have VOA. Ms. Sataki did not know. that Respondent would author an article concerning her case that would be published. Ms. Sataki did not consent to the publication of Respondent's article. Ms. Sataki was embarrassed by Respondent's disclosure of facts that he gained during the course of the representation.
There are other allegations of similar confidentiality violations, e.g.
On May 21, 2010, Respondent authored another article that was published in the WorldNetDaily that referenced his representation of Ms. Sataki against VOA. Ms. Sataki did not know that Respondent would author an article concerning her case that would be published. Ms. Sataki did not consent to the publication of Respondent's article. Ms. Sataki was embarrassed by Respondent's disclosure of facts that he gained during the course of the representation. Respondent's article, included an advertisement for his book titled "Whores: Why and How I Came to Fight the Establishment."
The case is In re Larry Klayman, Docket No. 2011-D028. The Board on Professional Responsibility web page does not yet have the hearing date posted. (Mike Frisch)