Theft, Intimidation, Lies and Obstruction Nets Turkey of the Month Award

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Discipline2 Comments

The newly-branded Turkey of the Month (f/k/a Jackass of the Month) Award goes to David J. Steele. An attorney since 2003, Mr. Steele was disbarred by the Indiana Supreme Court, which charged him with eight counts of misconduct involving among other things “theft of client funds, retaliatory disclosures of clients’ confidential information, pervasive dishonesty, and a pattern of conduct prejudicial … Read More

Former Prosecutor Who Forged Indictment Wins Jackass of Month Award

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Duty to Tribunal, Suspension1 Comment

This month’s “Jackass of the Month” award featured many fine contestants.  Each exhibited the qualities of a true jackass — arrogance, intentional disregard of the law, superiority, and narcissim, to name a few. But one attorney stood out head and shoulders above the crowd for his truly loathsome behavior as not only an officer of the court but as a … Read More

Jackass Of The Month: IP Lawyer Sanctioned For “Maelstrom of Misconduct” In Pro Se Divorce Case

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Civility/Professionalism, Duty to Tribunal, Patent Attorney Disciplinary Matters, Patent Ethics0 Comments

This month we launched the “Jackass of the Month” award. The award recognizes the IP practitioner whose exceptional or extraordinary conduct befits the title of being, well, a real jackass. This month’s award goes to Anthony J. Zappin, a 30-year-old Ivy League-educated patent attorney.  Zappin was  slapped last week with a reprimand and $10,000 fine by New York State Supreme … Read More