Fallen: Confessions of a Disbarred Lawyer

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This memoir recounts in shocking detail the revocation of the author's law license. He was disbarred in 1999, and the book describes the circumstances, conduct, and conclusion of that action. Journalistic and copiously detailed, it provides a step by step overview of the process of disbarment. But personal at the same time, the author wears his heart on his sleeve, talking perhaps more about the effects of this action on his psyche. In that way, the book proceeds in duality, a duality of injury and suffering. Who...
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Overview

This memoir recounts in shocking detail the revocation of the author's law license. He was disbarred in 1999, and the book describes the circumstances, conduct, and conclusion of that action. Journalistic and copiously detailed, it provides a step by step overview of the process of disbarment. But personal at the same time, the author wears his heart on his sleeve, talking perhaps more about the effects of this action on his psyche. In that way, the book proceeds in duality, a duality of injury and suffering. Who suffers? The author suffers mightily as the object of his State Bar's concerted effort to rescind his license. But his suffering is just. His clients suffer greatly, too, and their suffering is innocent and undeserved. Injury? Both are injured. As for the clients, their injury is severe, with the loss of property, family relations, and even freedom falling along the route of his unravelling. As for the lawyer, his injury is more a comeuppance and a final and inescapable recognition that he is innately weak and that his character is horribly flawed. First becoming a lawyer, he rose above those limiting origins, but in the end, he walked away once again only a failure.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781411600553
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Pages: 532
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.19 (d)

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I wasn't disbarred for my mistakes either. I was disbarred for lying. I lied to clients to cover up my mistakes.

I was disbarred for cheating, too. I cheated my clients, conning many of them out of money. I ran a confidence game right out of my law office, inducing clients to pay me for work I never did, work that perhaps I never even intended to do, or at least that I knew I might not do because I might find it to be too difficult, too trying, too frightening. Cowardly and underhanded, those are me.

And I was disbarred for neglecting my duties and my responsibilities, and for hurting clients thereby, causing them to lose money, property, and important rights. Custody of children, home ownership, liberty, security, freedom from worry; all were lost, thanks to me.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 -End of Days
Chapter 2 -Wheeler Dealer
Chapter 3 -General Malpractitioner
Chapter 4 -Solo, Spelled So Low
Chapter 5 -China Girl 39
Chapter 6 -Right Court, Wrong Case
Chapter 7 -The Piper Comes to Call
Chapter 8 - Cheezit, The Cops!
Chapter 9 -Made it to the Supreme Court!
Chapter 10 -Ward of the Court
Chapter 11 -Nascence
Chapter 12 -Pleader
Chapter 13 -Butterfly
Chapter 14 -Character and Fitness
Chapter 15 -School Days
Chapter 16 -Moment of Truth
Chapter 17 -First Bar Exam
Chapter 18 -Home Free
Chapter 19 -Victory Tour
Chapter 20 -Daddy to the Rescue, Again
Chapter 21 -My Really Good Neighbor
Chapter 22 -Dork!
Chapter 23 -Road Trip
Chapter 24 -Summer Jerk
Chapter 25 -Loser
Chapter 26 -A Real Lawyer
Chapter 27 -Baby Steps
Chapter 28 -Yellow Pages
Chapter 29 -Spree
Chapter 30 -Trouble Starts
Chapter 31 -Liar, Liar
Chapter 32 -Going Broke
Chapter 33 -True Love
Chapter 34 -A Revival of Sorts
Chapter 35 -The Root of My Evil
Chapter 36 -Despicable
Chapter 37 -Homie
Chapter 38 -Bad Religion
Chapter 39 -Respect Your Elders
Chapter 40 -Curtains
Chapter 41 -My So-Called Life
Chapter 42 -Schmuck
Chapter 43 -Creeping Ignominy
Chapter 44 -Young Love
Chapter 45 -Low
Chapter 46 -Encounters
Chapter 47 -From the Grave
Chapter 48 -Perjury
Chapter 49 -Watch out, here I come again!
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2005

    Bad Lawyer

    Did you ever see the Abel Ferrara movie 'Bad Lieutenant,' with Harvey Keitel? It's about a NY cop on the edge of annihilating himself, whose behavior and character have so deteriorated that it is unclear that redemption is even possible. One might well call this book, which purports to be an anonymous memoir, 'Bad Attorney.' Only it's not fiction, and at the end of the book no gesture of redemption seems forthcoming. But it's a mesmerizing read. The author begins his tale by describing a single lawsuit over a fall from a horse in which he was never able to bring himself to file the papers necessary to go to court. He goes on from there to recount in affecting detail his grossly incompetent law practice, his systematic deceit of clients, the day-trading habit that he embezzled money from clients in order to support, and his eventual disbarment. Woven into this narrative of self-destruction, too, is the author's infidelity to his wife, the dissolution of two marriages (the second to a woman twenty years his junior), his brushes with various characters who wish him harm, and his attempts to make a living first selling cars and then as a pop-up advertiser and salesman for ¿work-at-home¿ scams. The tone of the narrative is neither apologetic nor proud if anything, it tends toward shell-shocked. Read it as a cautionary tale about procrastination, or as a warning to take extreme care when picking out your next lawyer.

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