LAWYERS BEHAVING BADLY:
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
New York Lawyers face automatic disbarment for a felony conviction under New York law. And Cohen pleaded guilty to eight felonies recently. According to the law, any lawyer “who shall be convicted of a felony … shall upon such conviction, cease to be an attorney and counsellor-at-law, or to be competent to practice law as such.” Cohen pleaded guilty to tax and bank fraud as well as campaign violations before a federal judge in New York on Tuesday. The campaign violations were tied to his handling of payoffs to women claiming to have had affairs with Trump. This all qualifies as a lawyer behaving badly.
We could go on and on about that, but it’s a recent Rolling Stone article, which we are recognizing here.
Per Rolling Stone:
A few years before he started working for Donald Trump, Cohen roamed the courthouses of New York City, filing lawsuits on behalf of people with little means who were seeking compensation for the injuries they suffered in car collisions. Many personal-injury lawyers make their living this way, but there was something striking about Cohen’s cases: Some of the crashes at issue didn’t appear to be accidents at all.
A Rolling Stone investigation found that Cohen represented numerous clients who were involved in deliberate, planned car crashes as part of an attempt to cheat insurance companies. Furthermore, investigations by insurers showed that several of Cohen’s clients were affiliated with insurance fraud rings that repeatedly staged “accidents.” And at least one person Cohen represented was indicted on criminal charges of insurance fraud while the lawsuit he had filed on her behalf was pending. Cohen also did legal work for a medical clinic whose principal was a doctor later convicted of insurance fraud for filing phony medical claims on purported “accident” victims. Taken together, a picture emerges that the personal attorney to the president of the United States was connected to a shadowy underworld of New York insurance fraud, a pervasive problem dominated by Russian organized crime that was costing the state’s drivers an estimated $1 billion a year.
Read more about all of that here: https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/better-call-cohen-the-shady-cases-of-a-trump-lawyers-personal-injury-practice-630515/.