Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Law Firm Conflicts News -- Disputing Partners, Rogue Partners

A few more dramatic conflicts related stories to share today:

Dispute leads to lawsuit among firm's leaders --
  • "A dispute among the three leaders of 19-lawyer Bryant Burgher Jaffe over an alleged conflict of interest has resulted in two partners suing the third, claiming he breached their partnership agreement by removing them from their positions in the firm without their votes."
  • "According to a document signed by Bryant and attached to court papers, Jaffe engaged in ‘questionable conduct,’ including holding client meetings in Bryant Burgher's office, signing three engagement letters as counsel to Cully's firm and maintaining Cully firm files in Bryant Burgher's office."
  • "A folder containing evidence of Jaffe's bankruptcy matters had been deleted from the firm's computer system, Bryant claims."
  • In New Zealand, a lawyer was "...fined $14,500 and censured by the Law Society for 'unsatisfactory conduct' after he acted for a couple in a property deal he was a party to… The Lawyers Standards Committee found that not only had there been an irreconcilable conflict of interest in this case, but said it was "surprising and reprehensible" that Mr Small had not to insisted on his clients getting independent legal advice and facilitated them getting it."

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