Friday, January 21, 2011
Strange World Department: Leonard Inzitari wrestles professionally under the name Mario Mancini. He also was working as a paralegal while waiting to take the Connecticut bar exam. According to allegations, he has represented himself as a licensed lawyer. The alleged conduct took an unfortunate turn when he appeared to depose the plaintiff is an auto accident case, identifying himself as Mario Mancini. The opposing attorney later investigated and discovered that Inzitari/Mancini was not an attorney. The state grievance committee was scheduled to hold a hearing on the matter on January 19. Here is the story from the Connecticut Law Tribune.
I wonder how often unlicensed individuals pose as licensed professionals. It may be easy for staffers who work for professionals and see only the surface part of the job to think that they can perform as well as their high-priced employers. Many years ago, when I was a Legal Services attorney, a paralegal was taking money from impecunious clients. She was found out and fired. Afterward, on at least one occasion, she appeared in court representing a “client” and claiming to be a lawyer.