Public reprimand for: “over-litigating” small claims case; taking position adverse to clients’ interest; pursuing frivolous argument; “making a baseless statement” about opposing counsel/party.
Seven-plus years ago, counsel assumed representation of two debtors trying to get out of a $491.36 bill for medical services. The dust from the ensuing litigation volcano settles today around an obligation that totals north of $20,000 — almost (but not all) from counsel’s pocket. No big lessons, more of a woeful than cautionary tale. That, and the idea that SCR 20:8.2(a) forbids a lawyer from making recklessly false statements about the integrity of a judge.