TOP TEN LIST

OF DISHONEST ATTORNEYS

DWIGHT L. FAULHABER
EUGENE, OREGON
 
GUILTY OF THE FOLLOWING:
    1. Failure to withdraw from employment when required doing so.
    2. Continuing employment when his personal interests in connection with his conduct will affect lawyer's judgment with a female client.

PUNISHMENT: 120-day suspension with 60 days stayed pending completion of one-year probation.

Mr. Faulhaber represented his female client for approximately 11-years and knew her to be emotionally vulnerable as a result of her medical condition and prior abusive relationship. On the night before trial in her personal injury case, Mr. Faulhaber initiated two (2) telephone calls claiming to prepare her to testify at the trial the next day. Instead, he graphically described certain sexual activities to her.

I guess Mr. Faulhaber considers these phone calls to be something akin to a 900 call wherein he would receive some sexual gratification at the expense of his female client without being forced to pay the normal $4.00 to $5.00 per minute for such services. I wonder if  Mr. Faulhaber  billed this unfortunate woman at his normal hourly rate for the time spent talking dirty to her. I guess  Mr. Faulhaber is what you might call a real hands on type of guy! Well, if he didn't bill her for his time, then in lawyer parlance he was doing it pro bono!

Mr. Faulhaber is the "hands-down" Winner of the Chairman's Bi-Weekly Humanitarian Award.  He earned this Award the old fashioned way,  Mr. Faulhaber worked long and hard for it! Keep up the good work, Dwight!

 

CLAY E. KONNOR
MILWAUKEE, WISONSIN
 
GUILTY OF THE FOLLOWING:
    1. Pled no contest to felony burglary when he broke into the home of an acquaintance and removed various pieces of musical equipment.
    2. Pled no contest to misdemeanor theft, which was originally filed as felony forgery when he forged the city treasurer's signature on an escrow check and deposited it in his account.
    3. Charged with eight (8) counts of practicing law without a license after failing to pay State Bar dues and his failure to comply with continuing legal education requirements.
    4. He was also found to be in possession of several stolen paintings from a club in Chicago two years earlier, however no charges were issued after he returned the paintings.

PUNISHMENT: Suspension. This gives Konnor the right to have his license reinstated at a later date.

Why wasn't this admitted thief permanently disbarred?

 

SCOTT E. SELMER
GOLDEN VALLEY, MINNESOTA
 
GUILTY OF THE FOLLOWING:
    1. Filing numerous counterclaims alleging racial discrimination in actions brought against him by his creditors.
    2. Knowingly offering false evidence in response to discovery requests.
    3. Failure to supplement incomplete and misleading (false) responses to discovery requests.
    4. Failed to comply or make reasonably diligent efforts to comply with legally proper discovery requests.
    5. Made false statements (lied) in attempts to advance his own interests.
    6. Engaged in dishonest conduct.
    7. Abuse of the legal process to harass others.
    8. Failing to provide competent representation (he's incompetent) in an appellate matters.
    9. Failure to comply with continuing legal education requirements.
    10. Practicing law while his license was suspended.
    11. Failure to promptly provide client with full accounting of funds.
    12. Charging and suing client to collect an unreasonable fee.
    13. Abuse of the discovery process.
    14. Failures to maintain proper trust account books and records.
    15. Falsely certifying he did in fact maintain proper trust account books and records.
    16. Commingling funds in his trust account.

PUNISHMENT: 12 month suspension.

Absolutely unbelievable that this guy will have his license back in about 10-months.

Scott is the unanimous choice for the Chairman's Bi-Weekly "Alphabet Award", which is awarded to the attorney who does not discriminate in matters involving dishonest and/or incompetent behavior. Scott is definitely in the running for the Chairman's Annual "Alphabet Award".

 

CHARLES WILLIAM BRODIE
PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA
 
GUILTY OF THE FOLLOWING:
    1. Convicted of drunk driving in 1997 with a special charge of a blood alcohol content of more than 2.0.
    2. Had four (4) prior drunk driving convictions.
    3. Two convictions for driving on a suspended license.
    4. 1996 conviction for possession of cocaine.

PUNISHMENT: Five years suspension stayed with one-year suspension and five years probation.

Mr. Brodie's license was suspended twice before, so this was his third trip to the well, so to speak. In mitigation, Brodie agreed to being disciplined without a hearing.  Brodie now has 5 convictions for DUI, 2 convictions for driving on a suspended license, and 1 cocaine possession conviction, which is a total of 8 convictions!

 

SUSANNE J. GOULET
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA
 
GUILTY OF THE FOLLOWING:
    1. Five (5) instances of failing to perform legal services competently.
    2. Five (5) instances of failing to communicate with clients.
    3. Four (4) instances of withdrawing from employment without protecting clients' interests.
    4. Failing to cooperate with the bar's investigation of her.
    5. Entering into a business transaction with a client without written consent.
    6. Failing to inform a client in a business transaction of her right to obtain independent counsel.

PUNISHMENT: Three-year suspension stayed with 60-day actual suspension and three years of probation.

In mitigation, Goulet claims she suffers from depression brought on by marital problems. Wow, that's really unusual, isn't it? Maybe you should try this "depression excuse" when your employer has filed seventeen (17) complaints about your work performance. Think it will impress your boss like it did the California Supreme Court Justices? Also, she has worked pro bono (free) on community activities, including involvement with the Los Angeles Jail Project.

 

DONALD J. SANDERS
PLAYA DEL REY, CALIFORNIA
 
GUILTY OF THE FOLLOWING:
    1. Failing to perform legal services competently.
    2. Failure to promptly response to reasonable status inquires from client.
    3. Failure to advise client of significant developments in case.
    4. Offered to pay (bribe) his client money if the client would advise (lie) to the State Bar that his complaints had been settled.

PUNISHMENT: Six-month suspension stayed with a 30-day actual suspension.

In mitigation, the California Supreme Court considered a series of illnesses that Mr. Sanders claimed kept him from his office, which resulted in his incompetence and the neglect of his client's case. 

 

ROBET T. MALLOY
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN
 
GUILTY OF THE FOLLOWING:
    1. Failure to keep client funds in trust account.
    2. Using funds deposited by one client to pay court cost of another client (Ponzi Scheme).
    3. Commingling his own personal and business funds with client's funds.
    4. Trust account records filled with discrepancies (likely false entries) and missing information.
    5. Neglected clients' legal matters.
    6. Failed to communicate with clients.
    7. Failed two (2) times to return unearned retainers.
    8. Failed to cooperate with Bar investigation.

PUNISHMENT: One-year suspension.

 

TERRANCE JOSEPH PANTALEO
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
 
GUILTY OF THE FOLLOWING:
    1. Failing to complete legal services.
    2. Misappropriating trust funds.
    3. Failing to promptly to turn over client funds.

PUNISHMENT: Six-month suspension.

In mitigation, Mr. Pantaleo had the audacity to blame his habit of misappropriating (stealing) trust funds belonging to his client on his "problem in adjusting to a new office computer system." Yeah, sure! I didn't do it. The computer is responsible for stealing my clients' funds.

 

DEBORAH ROSE MASSIE
ISAACS, AUSTRALIA
 
GUILTY OF THE FOLLOWING:
    1. Writing bad checks on her trust account.
    2. Disobeying a court order.
    3. Failing to maintain client funds in a trust account.
    4. Failing to turn over client funds promptly.
    5. Misappropriation (stealing) of client funds.

PUNISHMENT: 90-day suspension, along with 3-year probation.

When asked to refund an unearned retainer of $1,000, Ms. Massie provided three post-dated checks, all of which bounced. In 10 bankruptcy proceedings, Ms. Massie submitted letters containing misrepresentations or misleading (false) statements, and when the 10 clients demanded a refund of unearned fees, she gave them all checks that bounced. In another matter, Ms. Massie agreed to refund a $100 fee and issued five checks, all of which bounced. In addition, Ms. Massie agreed to refund $500 in installments of $30.49, however, the first check bounced.

Unbelievably, in mitigation, Ms. Massie had the gall to state that "she acted in good faith." How do you write fifteen (15) bad checks while acting in good faith? How is that even possible? Why wasn't Ms. Massie criminally charged for her conduct?

 

THOMAS GARRETT RESSING
OHIO
 
GUILTY OF THE FOLLOWING:
    1. Engaging in conduct that adversely reflects on fitness to practice law.
    2. Engaging in sexual relations with client.

PUNISHMENT: Public Reprimand.

Mr. Ressing and the woman engaged in sexual relations on more than one occasion while she was a client. During this relationship, Ressing did not charge the woman for his legal services.." Who's the cynic that said Ohio attorneys don't do enough "pro bono" work anymore? Old Ressing, now he really knows how to "screw a client", if ya know what I mean.

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