Legal Ethics

Judge Dismisses Malpractice Case Stemming from Firm's Pro Bono Work

A malpractice suit against Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson has been dismissed after a judge in the District of Columbia Superior Court determined that the pro se claimant in the case failed to prosecute.

Michelle Etlin of Maryland sued Fried Frank in October 2011, claiming lawyers at the firm bungled her child support action, claims the firm denied, the National Law Journal reports. The firm had represented Etlin pro bono in 2008.

In his order, Judge John Mott found that Etlin had failed to prosecute her malpractice claims by not making any filings, failing to meet deadlines or making appearances. The judge also rejected Etlin’s request for an indefinite stay of the case for health reasons.

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