excessive fee Archive

Lack of Technology Proficiency Raises Concerns Beyond Just Competence

We have previously posted entries about the relatively new comment 8 to Rule 1.1, which requires lawyers to keep abreast of changes in relevant technology that affects the practice of law. A new ABA article by a New York attorney discusses the possibility that failure to stay current with technological changes can lead to concerns […]

Lawyer Gets 10 Years for Double Billing + Forging Judge’s Signature

A Texas lawyer, Hilda Valadez, was accused of double billing Bexar County for her assigned counsel work and for forging a judge’s signature on the payment forms she submitted. Valadez was the top billing appointed lawyer over the last three years, having billed more than $400,000 for working on 478 cases. She pled guilty to […]

Indefinite Suspension for former Weston Hurd Managing Partner

After a 3-day hearing, the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline has recommended an indefinite suspension for Scott C. Smith, the former managing partner at Weston Hurd. The complaint alleged that Smith engaged in unethical billing practices with regard to three clients in five cases over the course of several years. The specific charges […]

Canton Attorney Disbarred for Client Forgery and Theft

Attorney: Agatha Martin Williams, Canton, Atty Reg. # 0052652 (1991) Misconduct: Theft of client funds. Conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation. Deceptive practices during disciplinary process Citation: Stark Cty. Bar Assn. v. Williams, Slip Opinion No. 2013-Ohio-4006 Discipline: Permanent Disbarment The Supreme Court of Ohio has permanently disbarred Agatha Martin Williams of Canton. Williams […]

Columbus Attorney Reprimanded for Fee Agreement Violations

Attorney: Alexander Yaw Adusei Jr. of Columbus, Ohio Misconduct: Charging clearly excessive fee and failing to set forth a contingent-fee agreement in writing Citation: Columbus Bar Assn. v. Adusei, Slip Opinion No. 2013-Ohio-3125 Discipline: Public reprimand. The Ohio Supreme Court has publicly reprimanded Columbus attorney Alexander Yaw Adusei, Jr. for ethics violations related to client […]