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What happens after an attorney is disciplined?

Unemployable forever, right? Do they ever seal those discipl shithead01/11/17
What'd you do is the better question? mtobeinf01/11/17
depends on the circumstances. If they have their own practi dingbat01/11/17
Integrity is forever lost... mtobeinf01/11/17
Dingbat is credited. Nothing happens to established Boomers karlfarbman01/11/17
I knew someone who technically got fired from his firm after dingbat01/11/17
It depends what it is for and what the punishment is. It see flharfh01/11/17
I'm working on a case in which opposing counsel, in the last bucwild01/11/17
Hopefully I never need to find out, but I've met opposing co thirdtierlaw01/11/17
nobody's gonna run a background check on another attorney un dingbat01/11/17
In my state they publish the names and the malfeasance in th therewillbeblood01/12/17
It depends on what you did and the type of punishment you re isthisit01/11/17
They can't practice law anymore right? homerbluth01/12/17
depends on the discipline. Could be a reprimand (no problem dingbat01/12/17
A co-worker of mine got suspended for a year for failure to phillydoucherocket01/12/17
That is a stupidly over-the-top sanction. I sometimes wonder therewillbeblood01/12/17
The process might also be political in nature. Someone who qdllc01/13/17
Disbarment is only 5 years where I live. Then they can apply fettywap01/13/17
I knew an attorney who was suspended for running over a cycl 6figuremistake01/13/17
shithead (Jan 11, 2017 - 10:56 am)

Unemployable forever, right? Do they ever seal those disciplinary records?

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mtobeinf (Jan 11, 2017 - 11:38 am)

What'd you do is the better question?

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dingbat (Jan 11, 2017 - 11:01 am)

depends on the circumstances.
If they have their own practice, it's back to business as usual
If they have a good book of business, it's back to business as usual
If they have some specialized skill, they may land on their feet

If it's a low-level shlum, it's a career killer

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mtobeinf (Jan 11, 2017 - 11:05 am)

Integrity is forever lost...

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karlfarbman (Jan 11, 2017 - 11:08 am)

Dingbat is credited. Nothing happens to established Boomers. If they get suspended they just have someone else sign off on stuff for a while.

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dingbat (Jan 11, 2017 - 11:16 am)

I knew someone who technically got fired from his firm after allegations of improprieties, some complaints, and a voluntary suspension.
Called his office and he was still there, business as usual.
(my understanding is that unless they had the right relationship, anyone calling would be told he no longer worked there, but I never noticed)

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flharfh (Jan 11, 2017 - 11:31 am)

It depends what it is for and what the punishment is. It seems to me like most of the people who get disciplined are solos or small firm partners who make mistakes (charitably) with their trust account, for them it's just back to business as usual.

Whether the records are sealed or not varies by state.

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bucwild (Jan 11, 2017 - 11:49 am)

I'm working on a case in which opposing counsel, in the last 10 years, has received two disciplinary actions and a conviction for perjury. He seems to be doing fine to me.

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thirdtierlaw (Jan 11, 2017 - 12:37 pm)

Hopefully I never need to find out, but I've met opposing counsel with a disciplinary record. But I don't believe anyone outside of the bar actually knows about it. They aren't sealed, but I just don't believe the general public even thinks to look it up. Granted I'm in small law, but in a biglaw setting do most clients even know the names of all the different attorneys working on their cases?

I'm sure if it makes the news it'll be a different story however most of these things aren't going to make the paper.

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dingbat (Jan 11, 2017 - 12:54 pm)

nobody's gonna run a background check on another attorney unless they've got a reason to.
I don't think I've ever looked up whether attorneys I've worked with were even admitted, and I'm pretty sure no one has ever checked me

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therewillbeblood (Jan 12, 2017 - 9:42 pm)

In my state they publish the names and the malfeasance in the bar newspaper.

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isthisit (Jan 11, 2017 - 12:43 pm)

It depends on what you did and the type of punishment you received. Your book of business also matters.

Admonition, reprimand, or censure. You'll probably be alright.

Suspension. Good luck.
Disbarment. GG.

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homerbluth (Jan 12, 2017 - 12:49 pm)

They can't practice law anymore right?

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dingbat (Jan 12, 2017 - 12:58 pm)

depends on the discipline. Could be a reprimand (no problem), could be a suspension (only temporary) or disbarment (permanent)

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phillydoucherocket (Jan 12, 2017 - 7:49 pm)

A co-worker of mine got suspended for a year for failure to disclose a misdemeanor to his school but not the bar.

He spent a year in doc review, then went back to a decent firm a few months after he got his license back.

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therewillbeblood (Jan 12, 2017 - 9:55 pm)

That is a stupidly over-the-top sanction. I sometimes wonder what kind of obsessive-compulsives are attracted to discipline attorney jobs.

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qdllc (Jan 13, 2017 - 6:51 am)

The process might also be political in nature. Someone who is "liked" might get a slap on the wrist while an ordinary shlub would be suspended or worse.

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fettywap (Jan 13, 2017 - 12:24 pm)

Disbarment is only 5 years where I live. Then they can apply to get reinstated. These people pretty much always get disbarred again.

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6figuremistake (Jan 13, 2017 - 12:31 pm)

I knew an attorney who was suspended for running over a cyclist. I think he had to sell appliances at a department store for a while but eventually he got back into practice. He did, however, have to rent a desk in a converted filing room/intern "office" from a more successful attorney. He was also even more bitter than the average JDU poster - heck maybe he posts here.

I owe the man a lot, though. He convinced me to get out of the law and find another profession.

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