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Attorney who complained to state AGs about law firm is now herself facing scrutiny

Posted Apr 9, 2014 5:45 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A Kentucky lawyer who wrote the attorney general's office in 40 states expressing concern about the operations of a Florida law firm for which she formerly worked is now herself facing a legal ethics case over similar allegations.

Michele Stephens got a letter (PDF) last week from the disciplinary board of the New Mexico Supreme Court attaching a legal ethics complaint concerning work allegedly done by Stephens and the Hoffman Law Group on behalf of a woman facing a mortgage foreclosure case, the Palm Beach Post's Real Time blog reports. The board says they did little or nothing to actually help the client, who paid a $6,000 retainer plus $395 or more per month for a year in exchange for having her name included in a lawsuit filed in federal court in New York that has since been dismissed.

“All I wanted to do was get the clients some real help,” Stephens told the newspaper. “Now, I’m in trouble for trying to do that.”

The Post's calls for comment to the Hoffman Law Group and a lawyer who recently represented the firm did not receive a response.

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