We all come to points in our lives that give us cause for pause in our every day regimen. Today was one of those days as I encountered a Family Law Attorney who failed to object to motions and only at the last minute feigned illness so that he would not have to attend court. Conveniently, this attorney has used this same tactic each and every time my client was going to get an opportunity to be heard on rather serious and crucial motions.
This tactic was used to the detriment of my client who for 2 1/2 years has been attempting to have two primary motions heard. My client had filed a Motion to Modify Child Support and a Motion for Contempt. These are matters which with normal compliance regarding the production of financial documentation would take less than a few hours if brought to a full hearing.
Regrettably, this is not the first lawyer I have run into that has stooped to unscrupulous tactics in order to win a motion and even ....as one judge put it.... "counsel you have done nothing short of perpetrating a fraud upon the court."
To my current clients and my future clients,
I assure you that I am dedicated to stopping deceptive, immoral and unethical conduct by opposing attorneys who might otherwise take advantage of you.
To Family Law Attorneys who abuse their position,
If we have a case together and you engage in misrepresent facts to the court, violate court orders, feign illness to unduly prolong a matter, or undertake other actions outside the bounds of our ethical standards, I will do everything within my power to make your conduct known to the court, to the Professional Conduct Committee and to the public as necessary to protect the integrity of our profession.
Our profession has a black eye in the eyes of the public. From what I have seen as a practitioner, it is understandable why we have this negative perception in the public eye.
For my personal observations, I see only one solution. A policy of No Tolerance! No tolerance to unethical conduct. No tolerance to attorney misrepresentation. No tolerance to attorneys who abuse the privileges of their office.
For clients I will offer nothing less than this . . . . NO TOLERANCE!
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