Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Blistering 7th Circuit Opinion Fines Lawyer $5K, Orders Him to Alert Clients to Possible Malpractice

After a lengthy civil procedure lesson, the opinion goes on to say that "Greco’s calamitous handling of this litigation in the district court has been followed by a sloppy performance in this court," including "procedural gaffes, three of which led to orders to show cause why the appeal should not be dismissed—and one of which led to his clients’ brief being struck."
The opinion concludes with a finding that Greco "has comported himself unprofessionally," fines him $5,000 (payable within 14 days) and orders him to send copies of the ruling to his clients in the case "so that they may consider whether to file malpractice suits against him."
Easterbrook also calls Greco "a menace to his clients and a scofflaw with respect to appellate procedure" and suggests that the federal district court "may wish to consider whether he should remain a member of its bar."
Reached by the ABA Journal, Greco said he could not comment at this time on the ongoing case. His disciplinary record since his 1989 admission is unblemished, according to the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission website.

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