Court Nixes Ex-Greenberg Associate's 2nd Try for Suspension re $493K Firm Scheme
For the second time in three months, the Georgia Supreme Court has nixed a former Greenberg Traurig associate’s effort to agree to a voluntary suspension of his law license concerning the $493,000 he obtained from the firm—and repaid—for work he performed under false identities.
In March, the court rejected Michael J.C. Shaw’s proposed suspension of six months to one year as too lenient. And in a written opinion (PDF) today the court refused to accept a two- to four-year suspension for the same reason, reports the Am Law Daily.
Paula Frederick, the Georgia Bar’s general counsel, tells the legal publication that it will now agree only to disbarment if Shaw wishes to make a third voluntary petition for discipline.
While working for the firm as a bankruptcy and foreclosure associate, Shaw performed title searches, skip traces and other investigative work, submitting invoices under other identities and then depositing the firm’s checks into his own personal account, according to the article.
An earlier ABAJournal.com article provides additional details about the case.