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State rep. charged with barratry

A state representative, who is also a former municipal court judge and attorney, was arrested on Tuesday night and charged with illegally soliciting legal cases. Another attorney went to police when he approached her as a client after she was involved in a car accident.

Soliciting a client for legal services is illegal in Texas. Last year, the state legislature made barratry a civil and criminal infraction. In the past, the state representative was fined $10,000 by the Texas Ethics Commission after he refused to file disclosure statements. As of last summer, he has not paid the fine.

The 38 year-old lawyer could lose his license to practice law and be forced to pay up to $10,000 in fines if he is found guilty of barratry.

If you are a lawyer and are at risk of losing your license, contact the Texas state bar defense attorneys of the Leichter Law Firm at 512-495-9995.


State Bar disciplines two Tarrant County lawyers

One lawyer has been disbarred and another has received five years probated suspension after the State Bar of Texas disciplined them for failing to keep their clients reasonably informed about the status of their cases, among other violations.

A 62 year-old attorney from Bedford lost her license when, during a divorce case, she gave contrary information than what her client provided to an opposing attorney. She also failed to turn over her client’s papers and property when the woman’s new lawyer requested her file. The attorney had been previously suspended for failing to forward client information and not keeping clients informed on the status of their lawsuits.

Another lawyer, 50, from Fort Worth has been disciplined for not carrying out all the obligations he owed to his client. He is also accused of ignoring a client’s probate matter.

If you are a lawyer and in jeopardy of losing your license, contact the Texas State Bar defense attorneys of the Leichter Law Firm PC at 512-495-9995 today.


Williamson County attorney reprimanded by State Bar

A Williamson County attorney was rebuked by the Texas State Bar for violating confidentiality rules, specifically Rule 1.05 of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, while working as a counsel of commissioners court.

The Texas State Bar dismissed twenty-three of the twenty-four complaints filed against her. The one complaint not dismissed will not hinder her ability to practice law in Williamson County.

Complaints were filed against her after by commissioners after she attempted to remove a Williamson County judge from office. Commissioners believe she used information against the judge that she acquired from a commissioners court executive session. The attorney says she believes her confidentiality violation fit with an exception to the rule, which states an attorney can use confidential information if he or she thinks it is necessary to comply for a with order.

If your legal career is in jeopardy and you are interested in fighting to save it, contact the Texas legal license defense attorneys of the Leichter Law Firm PC today by calling (512) 495-9995.


Lawyer fights for her license

A 55 year-old attorney is pursuing her case to the New Mexico Supreme Court after she says her license to practice law was suspended indefinitely by a political rival. She is urging the Supreme Court to reinstate her attorney privileges and her license.

The woman says her law career began to take a turn for the worse when she represented clients in a civil case against a chairman of the New Mexico Supreme Court. She believes he had an active role in taking away her license as a form of revenge. The chairman denies he had any role in her disciplinary actions.

The attorney argues that she was treated unfairly and more harshly than judges accused of sexual harassment and drunk driving. Both judges in her examples are still actively practicing law.

If you are in jeopardy of losing your license, contact the Texas state bar defense attorneys of the Leichter Law Firm at  512-495-9995 today.


Texas lawyer convicted in whistleblower case

A Texas attorney has been convicted of misusing official information, retaliation, and official oppression after he represented a physician who tried to find the identities of two whistleblowers who filed an anonymous complaint to the Texas Medical Board about his medical practices.

The physician, with the help of close friend and sheriff of Kermit, Texas, obtained a search warrant for the whistleblowers’ personal computers in order to confirm his suspicions. He in turn fired the whistleblowers, who were nurses at Winkler County Memorial Hospital, after discovering their identities. The nurses were later faced felony charges of misusing official information, but have been dismissed and acquitted.

Now the physician, sheriff, and attorney are facing charges of retaliation. The attorney was found guilty of knowingly filing false charges against the nurses. He will serve 120 days in jail, 10 years probation, and a $6,000 fine.

If your legal career is in jeopardy, contact the Texas State Bar defense attorneys of the Leichter Law Firm at 512-495-9995.


Lawyer suspended from practicing law for 2 years

A woman from Omaha narrowly avoided being disbarred on Friday but was suspended from practicing law for the next two years after she performed questionable acts on behalf of her elderly mother.

The woman was involved in a long legal dispute with her family over who should take care of their mother. Although the woman was not her mother’s lawyer, she filed motions for her for at least four years. This angered her family members, who said that the woman intentionally filed actions that were “harassing” and “embarrassing.”

The woman was also involved in a heated verbal fight with a judge in a Douglas County court. Although a court decided not to permanently disbar the woman because her actions were performed in an emotional state, she was suspended for two years because the court ruled her actions were unethical.

If you or someone you love is a lawyer who is facing losing your license, please contact the Texas state bar defense attorneys of the Leichter Law Firm at 512-495-9995.


Knoxville lawyers fights for reinstatement of license

A personal injury lawyer from Knoxville, Tennessee is fighting for the reinstatement of his license after it was suspended in 2005.

The man’s law office advertised free legal representation to victims of accidents and stated that the law office would only be paid if they won a case. The lawyer’s license was suspended because the Board of Professional Responsibility found that the lawyers would sometimes mix his client’s money with his own. He was not convicted of theivery because none of his clients ever lost money.

The lawyer applied for his license to be reninstated in 2007, but it was not allowed. Now, he is claiming that one member of the board was unfit to decide on his case because he, himself, was participating in criminal behavior. The lawyers is seeking an appeal.

If you or someone you love has lost your license to practice law, please contact the Texas state bar defense attorneys of the Leichter Law Firm at 512-495-9995.