Thanks to television advertising, many of us have fond memories of our hometown personal injury attorneys’ commercials. In South Louisiana, where I grew up, there were two attorneys whose slogans dominated the air waves: Morris Bart (“I’m Morris Bart, and I’m on your side”) and E. Eric Guirard (“Get the E guarantee!”).
Bart is still going strong. Guirard was disbarred in 2009.
There are plenty of sketchy things that warrant disbarment — charging excessive fees, witness-tampering, etc — but Guirard’s sins were comparably tame. He was disbarred because his business model violated the rules of professional responsibility.