Thursday, May 12, 2022


An attorney who did not attend a scheduled court hearing after failing to secure a continuance has been reprimanded by the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct Panel A

In early January 2018, Clifford contacted opposing counsel regarding a continuance and whether opposing counsel would object. Clifford said his continuance was needed because he was getting married out of the country. Opposing counsel had an objection as his client had already taken off work and was en route from Georgia with the minor child for the hearing.

On January 5,2018, Clifford filed a Motion to Continue Trial Setting. In this motion, Clifford stated that there were several outstanding issues to investigate, subpoenas that were issued and witness lists that needs to be updated and delivered to the Plaintiff[.]" On January 8, 2018, a conference call took place regarding Clifford's Motion to Continue. Judge Compton, Clifford, and Ohlhausen were on the call. During the conference, Clifford told Judge Compton that more time was needed for him to "prove a negative" and also that he was getting married in Puerto Rico over the weekend. 

Motion denied but

On January 10, 2018, opposing counsel appeared in Judge Compton's court with his client, and attorney John Stratford appeared with Clifford's client. Stratford told Judge Compton he was appearing only on the second Motion to Continue and was not prepared to present Barton's case.

Which made postponement a fait accompli.

Respondent was ordered to pay restitution and legal fees incurred by the conduct. (Mike Frisch)

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