Lawyer Discipline

207 ABA Journal Lawyer Discipline articles.

Afternoon Briefs: Trump pardons Michael Flynn; lawyer suspended for cyberattack knowledge

Trump pardons former national security adviser Flynn

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he has pardoned former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the…

Former general counsel of LeClairRyan agrees to disbarment
Bruce Matson, the former general counsel of the disbanded law firm LeClairRyan, has been disbarred in Virginia after he was accused of misappropriating money from a bankruptcy trust account.
Afternoon Briefs: Proposed $26B opioid settlement revealed; Florida judge reprimanded for noise response

Proposed $26B opioid settlement disclosed

Four companies involved in making and distributing opioids have disclosed a proposed $26 billion settlement that would end thousands of lawsuits by state and local…

Lawyer is accused of offering free legal services if woman cleaned his home in the nude
An Ohio lawyer is accused in an ethics complaint of propositioning clients and would-be clients, mentioning the possibility of marriage, and using names for them such as “gorgeous” and “baby doll.”
Afternoon Briefs: Lawyer says he was stopped for jogging while Black; public defender held in contempt

Lawyer says he was racially profiled while jogging

A Black lawyer says he was racially profiled during a late-night jog in his new gated community in Parkland, Florida. Lawyer Josiah…

Lawyer accused of threat to have opposing counsel’s ‘rear end sanctioned’ faces ethics complaint
A Florida insurance defense lawyer is accused of unprofessional conduct toward opposing attorneys and a litigant, including a threat to have an opposing counsel’s “rear end sanctioned” over objections made during a deposition.
Judge is removed for alleged sexist and belittling comments, undisclosed income
A family court judge in Broome County, New York, has been removed from the bench for “a pattern of injudicious behavior” that allegedly included sexist and belittling comments to court employees.
Judge is reprimanded for ‘flirtatious to overtly sexual’ social media messages
A Tennessee judge has received a public reprimand for sending inappropriate messages to women on social media platforms.
Lawyers with criminal backgrounds and disciplinary records represent poor defendants in Maine
The Maine agency responsible for hiring lawyers for poor defendants has repeatedly hired lawyers and staff members with criminal backgrounds and disciplinary issues, according to an investigative report.
Lawyer is suspended after calling opposing counsel ‘complete idiot’ and litigant ‘obviously delusional’
An Ohio lawyer has been suspended for his over-the-top criticisms of litigation opponents and judicial decisions, including an assertion that a custody order was “the most absolutely insane decision” that he had encountered in almost 40 years.
Texas judge reprimanded for showing handgun during argument
A Texas justice of the peace has received a public reprimand for showing his gun in an argument over his driving speed.
Lawyer gets interim suspension after multiple accusations of driving while naked
An Ohio lawyer has received an interim suspension after his latest arrest for allegedly driving while nude.
Lawyer censured for sexual innuendos in conversations with judge and judicial assistant
A Colorado lawyer has been publicly censured for sexual innuendos in speaking with a magistrate judge and judicial assistant.
Lawyer who allegedly lied about health for deadline extensions should be suspended, hearing board says
An Illinois lawyer, who reportedly lied and said he had cancer—when he did not—and instead was looking for discovery deadline extensions, is facing potential suspension from the practice of law. He also allegedly lied about having cancer on his University of Chicago Law School application.
Lawyer is disbarred after history of indecent exposure, voyeurism
A lawyer in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with a history of sexual misconduct has been disbarred by the South Carolina Supreme Court.

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