A Tucson, Arizona, lawyer has agreed to disbarment for his conduct while working as an independent contractor for a law firm.
Zachary Schon was disbarred effective May 13, according to a press release by the State Bar of Arizona. He was admitted to law practice in 2007. The Arizona Daily Star and the Associated Press have stories.
Schon was handling criminal matters for the law firm when he stopped communicating with clients and missed court hearings, according to the press release. The missed court dates affected clients, who had warrants issued for their arrests and their driver’s licenses suspended. In some cases, trials were rescheduled without notice.
Schon also accepted clients without notifying or compensating the law firm.
The firm met with Schon and suggested he withdraw from the practice of law. Schon agreed to stop practicing and said he would reimburse the firm for $36,000 in financial losses, but he didn’t follow through with the promise to pay, according to the press release.
From the above, it is obvious that a lawyer who is an employee of a law firm accepting and dealing with a client without the knowledge of the law firm will amount to professional misconduct.
The question is, does it mean that such lawyer being am employee of a law firm cannot maintain personal client? topic of discuss. Drop your opinion in the comment section.