Varsity Blues: What Bar Discipline Lies Ahead For Lawyer In College Admissions Scandal

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Criminal Conviction, Fraud, Gross Misconduct, Misrepresentations, Moral turpitide2 Comments

The co-chair of Willkie Farr, Gordon Caplan, was named today in an unsealed federal indictment. The result of an FBI investigation dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues,” Caplan, as well as dozens of other well-to-do parents, was involved in what the U.S. Attorney’s Office calls a “nationwide conspiracy that facilitated cheating on college entrance exams and the admission of students to elite … Read More

Attorney-Client Sex: A Bad Idea That’s Also Unethical

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, Conflicts of Interest, Legal Ethics, Moral turpitideLeave a Comment

For decades, regulators and courts have ruled that sex with a client during the course of the professional relationship is unethical. Nonetheless, lawyers continue to flout precedent and are frequently disciplined for engaging in sexual relations with their clients. Some cases of impermissible attorney-client sex are no brainers–such as the attorney who insists on a “legal services-for-sexual services” fee arrangement. … Read More

Disciplinary Actions Rise Against Lawyers Who Commit Acts of Domestic Violence: Know The Warning Signs

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Attorney Domestic Violence, Discipline, Moral turpitide1 Comment

The statistics of reported cases of domestic violence are stunning.  According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), 1 in 3 adult women and 1 in 4 adult men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.  Moreover, 1 in 4 women have been victims of “severe physical violence by an intimate partner” in their … Read More

A Bottle of White? A Bottle of Red? Perhaps a One-Year Suspension Instead

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Criminal Conviction, Deceit, Dishonesty, Fraud, Misrepresentations, Moral turpitide, USPTO OEDLeave a Comment

Attorney Rodger Moore enjoys a good bottle of wine.  Evidently, his budget does not. After scamming his local grocery store for years by switching prices on expensive wines for a cheaper variety, Mr. Moore is now paying a hefty price–with his law license. Mr. Moore became licensed to practice law in 2001.  His ethics problems started almost immediately thereafter. In … Read More

USPTO Reciprocal Discipline Case Illustrates Flaw In Rules

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Continuing Legal Education, Gross Misconduct, Moral turpitide, Office of Enrollment and Discipline, Reciprocal Discipline, USPTO Director DecisionsLeave a Comment

A recent disciplinary decision published by the USPTO Director illustrates a serious flaw in the Office’s rules governing reciprocal discipline.  In re Sanjeev Kumar Dhand, D2016-17 (USPTO Dir. Nov. 16, 2016). California Discipline The factual background of the Dhand case is eerily similar to our post from yesterday (link here).   This matter involves California-based patent attorney Sanjeev Kumar Dhand. Mr. … Read More

Lessons in Ethics: Lying About CLE Attendance Is Just So Wrong

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Continuing Legal Education, Moral turpitide, Reciprocal Discipline1 Comment

An IP attorney continued his legal education the hard way.  He falsely represented to the California Bar that he had completed the mandatory minimum of 25 hours of continuing legal education.  In truth, he had completed zero hours of CLE.  The result: a one-year suspension. This matter involved California-based patent attorney Jens Edward Hoekendijk.  In order to remain as an … Read More

Day of Reckoning Arrives For Thieving IP Attorney

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.District Court Litigation, Moral turpitide1 Comment

A former senior in-house intellectual property counsel for Hunter Douglas was sentenced Wednesday to nearly six years in federal prison for his role in a fraudulent billing scheme involving fake patent searches. The former patent attorney pleaded guilty in April to federal felony charges of tax evasion and mail fraud arising from his theft of about $5 million from his … Read More

What Can Johnny Manziel Teach Lawyers About Ethics? (Plenty)

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Alcoholism, Legal Ethics, Moral turpitide1 Comment

Part 1 of a 3-Part Series Ex-Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has been in the news a lot lately. And none of it has been good. The former Heisman Trophy winner and 2014 first round NFL draft pick was “much watch” sports TV for his prowess on the gridiron. His professional career, which began with such optimism just two seasons ago, … Read More