Lawyer’s Courtroom Antics Draw One-Year Suspension; Bar Rejects “Stress of Litigation” Defense

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Discipline, Litigation EthicsLeave a Comment

A Washington State lawyer was suspended for one year following multiple instances of courtroom misbehavior and making a false report to the police.  See In re Kathryn B. Abele, Wash. Sup. Ct. (Aug. 27, 2015) (en banc). The string of misconduct began during a 13-day trial involving a contentious child custody dispute. During the trial, the lawyer was repeatedly admonished … Read More

USPTO Suspends Patent Attorney For Neglect, UPL And Failure To Cooperate

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Discipline, IP Ethics, OED, Office of Enrollment and DisciplineLeave a Comment

On May 15, 2015, the USPTO Director issued an Order suspending Seattle, Washington-based patent and trademark attorney Nam D. Dao for six months for allowing multiple patent and trademark applications to go abandoned without client knowledge or consent, engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, and failing to cooperate with the Office of Enrollment and Discipline’s ethics investigation.  In re Nam D. … Read More