Friday, June 12, 2020

By Consent

An attorney's consent to disbarment was accepted by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. 

The Intelligencer reported

A Montgomery County injury lawyer was charged in U.S. District Court with mail fraud for allegedly defrauding a law firm out of more than $4 million in legal fees, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

Neil I. Mittin, 64, of Huntingdon Valley, used his role as an associate for the Philadelphia-based firm the Law Firm to steal numerous personal injury and other legal matters from his employer and then refer them to outside attorneys, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Prosecutors allege Mittin hid the scheme from his firm by making it appear there were no settlements or resolutions and that cases were not viable. He then would refer the cases to other attorneys, who would represent the clients through settlements or trials, prosecutors said.

If cases were resolved successfully, outside attorneys would pay Mittin a referral fee between 33% and 40% of the contingency fees obtained by the attorneys plus reimbursement of costs incurred by the Law Firm before Mittin referred the cases, authorities said. Mittin then allegedly kept the payments without disclosing to his firm that the cases were resolved.

Law360 covered the sentencing. (Mike Frisch)

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