Thursday, April 1, 2021
The Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers accepted an attorney's resignation
In connection with the respondent’s representation of a plaintiff in litigation against the United States government, he signed the name of the Assistant United States Attorney to a settlement document without her knowledge or authorization. In addition, the document in question contained terms that were different than those agreed to by the government. When questioned by the federal judge about the matter, the respondent’s explanation – that the unauthorized signing was inadvertent – was intentionally false, misleading, and deceptive. Also in connection with the same litigation, the respondent intentionally inflated the litigation expenses for which he sought reimbursement out of the settlement proceeds. During the course of the investigation, the respondent made intentional misrepresentations to bar counsel about the foregoing events. The misrepresentations included the submission of falsified invoices to support his claim for expenses in the litigation. He also intentionally misrepresented material facts during an examination under oath by bar counsel, including his unauthorized signature on the settlement document.