How Disciplinary Authorities Treat Attorneys Convicted Of Domestic Violence

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Discipline, Moral turpitide1 Comment

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  This past year featured several high profile cases of domestic violence. Who can forget the grainy footage of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice cold-cocking his wife in a casino elevator? Or charges that football star Adrian Peterson had physically abused his own child—which is even more bizarre considering that a different child … Read More



OED Disciplines Patent Attorney Accused of Child Molestation

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Suspension, USPTO Director Decisions0 Comments

Not long ago, David C. Plache was a licensed physician, a licensed attorney, and a registered patent practitioner. Then came a 29-count indictment for child sex abuse, which ultimately led to a conviction for child endangerment. Plache subsequently lost his right to practice medicine and his state bar license was suspended for three years. On September 24, 2014, the USPTO … Read More