Two Florida men have been arrested in connection with a Craigslist scheme which involved using lawyers' names and bar numbers without permission to provide loan modification and foreclosure defense services. Can anyone say "unauthorized practice of law"?
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The wunderkind that created the once amusing, now frightening, chatbot-lawyer that has since overturned some 160,000 tickets from London to New York has struck again. This time, he has aimed his ambitions at tackling homelessness in Britain, according to a recent Washington Post piece about him.
This is terrific news for those who are in dire need of legal services because Josh Browder's efforts will no doubt bridge the gap between demand and supply for legal services. But it's terrible news for many lawyers who have traditionally benefitted from hard-set prices in legal services.
A BigLaw associate who previously worked at the D.C. firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is facing the end of his career as a lawyer after he surreptitiously filmed a man undressing in a gym locker room. The ex-lawyer in question called the D.C. Board on Professional Responsibility's damning report "a shame."
It's a matter of perspective, of course, but lawyers facing ethics issues have frequently observed that the ethics process is extremely one sided. At risk of sounding like Donald Trump, we have to ask, is this system rigged?
Lan Cai was driving home from her job as a waitress when she was hit by a drunk driver. And, like many car accident victims, Cai, a 20-year-old nursing student in Houston, felt like she needed the help of attorneys afterwards. Enter the Law Offices of Tuan A. Khuu, whose lawyers were so eager to sign Cai up that they allegedly came into her bedroom while she was undressed and sleeping, in order to get her business. But that drive didn't seem to last; in the days following her accident, Cai says her lawyers would not return her calls and even ran off when she came to their office.
Cai eventually retained new counsel, then went online to complain that the attorneys were "super unprofessional" and "pushy." Now, the firm is suing Cai, rather than representing her.
Ex patent attorney Jason Throne has been ordered to pay fines to the tune of $4.84 million and spend a little under six years in federal prison following 14 years of conning his boss. In a word, the high flying patent attorney billed his employer Hunter Douglas with phony bills and used his wife's name to do it.
This case is a reminder to large firms to conduct thorough due diligence, otherwise you too could find yourself paying for an aerobics instructor's "expertise."
Calling someone a greedy associate is redundant, right? After all, while some of us were drawn to the law by our unflagging sense of justice and dreams of becoming a modern Atticus Finch, most of us enter the law for a very different reason: our desire for cold, hard cash and lots of it.
If you want to get rich as a lawyer, we don't blame you. Here are our top tips, from the FindLaw archives.
Discovery's Shark Week 2016 ended this weekend, taking with it hours of great white attacks, hammerhead attacks, and the rare bull shark-on-crocodile attack. And if you found yourself rooting for the shark in every attack, well, we understand you.
But while our sea-bound friends might be gone for the summer (from TV at least), there are plenty of sharks still swimming proud in the legal industry. For those of you who'd like to join them, here are our top sharky tips, from the FindLaw archives.
Go east, young lawyers! Pretty far east!
As we celebrate our nation's liberation from our evil cross-Atlantic oppressors this July, smart lawyers might want to consider an English invasion of their own. Following Britain's vote to exit the European Union last week, Europe has been in convulsions. Lawmakers are crying foul, the economy is in shambles, and young Britons are up in arms. But if there's one winner in the Brexit vote, it's probably lawyers, who will be needed in droves to make sense out of the coming legal mess.
According to The Wall Street Journal, BarBri, the ubiquitous bar exam prep program that all law students have considered paying for, has been accused of employing questionable tactics in elbowing out competition. It's yet another suit the bar prep company has had to contend with in recent years.
To say that this is a family feud would be characterizing the facts mildly. Top litigator Nicholas Gravante of the firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner has sued his mother, Elinor Gravante, for $15,000 and injunctive relief stemming from what he alleges are defamatory remarks about him and his firm. And if you think the name Gravante sounds familiar, it's because Gravante, Sr. represented the Gambino and Lucchese crime families.
To make things more interesting, Gravante's sisters have joined their brother against their mother in a separate suit concerning high value property in Connecticut. And mom has sued back. What a great piece to follow Mothers' Day, right?