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Lawyer Discipline

265 ABA Journal Lawyer Discipline articles.

Lawyer disbarred for abandoning clients after moving across the country to ‘play jazz’

A New Jersey lawyer has been disbarred for dropping work on two bankruptcy cases, vanishing from New Jersey and keeping retainers of $1,500 and $1,410.

One of the clients learned…

Florida corrections department lawyer resigns after Facebook rant

A Florida Department of Corrections lawyer who made derogatory comments about black people on Facebook resigned Wednesday.

Eric Giunta, the department’s assistant general counsel since December 2017, wrote that…

Criminal defense attorney and judge settle suit over alleged retaliation involving recording

A Houston criminal defense attorney who recorded a Galveston County judge saying he “overworks” cases and lacks experience has settled his lawsuit against the judge.

In March 2018, Andrew Willey…

ACLU challenges attorney over sexual relationships, time out of practice

The American Civil Liberties Union is trying to remove an attorney from a death penalty case in Kern County in California, arguing that his sexual relationships with a client’s daughters…

Former congressman suspended for lying about ‘ugly lesbians’ comment

The Kentucky Supreme Court has imposed a 60-day suspension from the practice of law on former U.S. Rep. Carroll Hubbard, D-Ky., after he mailed attorney Alisha Bobo a photo of…

Utah bar investigation into polygamy could raise other legal challenges

The Utah State Bar is investigating complaints that seven lawyers are violating rules of conduct by being involved in polygamous relationships, a felony punishable by five to 15 years in prison.

Lawyer held in contempt for spending $390K in frozen funds spends 2 weekends per month in jail

A lawyer in Jackson, Mississippi, continues to spend two weekends per month in jail for contempt of court after he failed to persuade a judge to switch him to home…

Lawyer suspended for telling tenant he is worthless and should commit suicide

Updated: A prominent real estate lawyer in New York City has been suspended for four months, partly for telling a tenant in a recorded phone conversation that he would be reported to authorities and that “now you’re my bitch.”

Lawyer who blamed sleep apnea for case inaction faces 3-year suspension

A lawyer who blamed sleep apnea for his inaction on a case should be suspended but not disbarred, according to a recommendation by the New Hampshire Supreme Court’s Professional Conduct…

Lawyer fingerprinting in this state turns up over 2,200 convictions unknown to bar

A California court rule requiring lawyers to be fingerprinted has turned up more than 6,000 criminal history reports, including more than 2,200 convictions previously unknown to the state bar.