Saturday, August 07, 2004

VSB suspends lawyer for three years for misconduct in his own divorce case

The Norfolk paper reports here ("Beach lawyer faces 3-year suspension for ethics violations," 8/7/04) on a Virginia Beach lawyer who drew a three-year suspension for acting up while representing himself in his own divorce case. The suspension has been stayed pending appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court.

The article notes: "Barrett was accused of filing frivolous pleadings, threatening opposing counsel with disciplinary charges solely to gain an advantage, and communicating improperly with a judge and the opposing party during his divorce proceedings. Barrett also was twice found in contempt of court for failing to pay spousal and child support, according to the bar complaint."

On his website, the lawyer apparently calls his firm "The Injury Law Institute of Virginia, PC," and says "The Injury Law Institute of Virginia, PC, is your gateway to the premiere personal injury law firm in the Commonwealth of Virginia."

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