Doubly Disbarred? In-House Lawyer Who Didn’t Disclose Sanction Gets Permanent Punishment
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Nov 19, 2012, 12:15 pm CST
A disbarred Louisiana lawyer who didn’t disclose the sanction to WorldCom and Verizon while working in their legal departments has now been permanently disbarred.
Turnage began his career at WorldCom in 1999 in a nonattorney position. He was promoted to an associate counsel position in 2001 and disbarred in 2002, in part for commingling and converting client and third-party funds, the opinion says. He never disclosed the disbarment, however, and continued to work in the legal department after WorldCom was acquired by Verizon.
Turnage was promoted to associate general counsel in 2007 and fired in 2011.