Friday, December 18, 2009

Moooore 2009 Mississippi Bar Sanctions

I was going to post the sections from each issue of the Mississippi Lawyer once a week until I finished using the issues available online but the response has been so positive, I'm going to post these sanctions that were first reported in the Feburary 2009 issue. Here we go:

Richard Burdine of Columbus: 2 year suspension. Failed to respond to bar complaint. Mr. Burdine quit communicating with his client and didn't notify him of a then-four month bar suspension in August, 2006. Mr. Burdine took a client's money in another case then quit communicating with the client. Mr. Burdine also failed to respond to that bar complaint as well. Mr. Burdine also filed to file any answers, defenses, objections, or pleadings in any of these bar complaints.

Glen Folse of Madison: 6 month suspension. Took $3,000 from client, didn't place money in his lawyer trust account. Mr. Folse then didn't do anything to represent the client and didn't communicate with the client. Mr. Folse also didn't answer the bar complaint.

Helen Kelly of Batesville: Public Reprimand. Represented spouse in a divorce. Client wanted Kelly to represent her in an action for a child modification. Lawyer demanded she first pay outstanding balance, which she failed to do and then obtained another lawyer. Kelly then represented the ex-husband in the child modification action. A bar complaint was filed by another client against Ms. Kelly for requiring the client to sign a contract with a clause stating her retainer was nonrefundable.

An attorney with no name: Private Reprimand. Hired by client to sue nursing home. Told client in April 2007 case would settle by December. Client found out after hiring another lawyer case was dismissed in April with prejudice. Lawyer also didn't reply to the Bar complaint. Blowing off the bar earned the shyster a private slap on the wrist. Attorney defended himself at the hearing and explained he was very ill and case was dismissed because his illness caused him to miss several deadlines.

An attorney with no name: Private Reprimand. Took $1,000 from client but agreed instead to contingency fee on an appeal of a decision by the Social Security Administration. Attorney didn't appeal decision but kept money even though he agreed to a contingency fee arrangement.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do these clients usually get their money returned?

Anonymous said...

So I have a question after seeing all this. If a layman were to practice law and they were sanctioned for UAPL one could ignore the bar and continue with no repercussions?

Do insurance carriers (malpractice) monitor this information and/or is the Bar required to release names to the insurance carriers?

Anonymous said...

Logic would dictate that if the average citizen could be punished or prosecuted for UPL, then the Bar, in fact, has more power over private citizens than it does its own members.

Anonymous said...

practicing law without a license is a felony.

Anonymous said...

Do insurance carriers (malpractice) monitor this information and/or is the Bar required to release names to the insurance carriers?

I am not sure, but they ask about malpractice during the application process. Lying makes you subject to a denial of coverage on down the road.

Anonymous said...

So, under the above assumptions, the lawyer who was suspended and continued to practice de facto committed a felony?

Anonymous said...

So, under the above assumptions, the lawyer who was suspended and continued to practice de facto committed a felony?

There was no intent to break the law. He forgot to pay his dues. Big difference from falsifying documents and knowingly breaking the law.

Anonymous said...

Actually, it said he was suspended and did not pay dues. Forgetting to pay your annual professional dues to maintain your license is an act -more than once- not forgetfulness. If he is representing a client as an attorney and signing the documents as an attorney, he is falsifying documents?

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