Pants-on-Fire Lawyer is back. And things aren’t looking better.

I first blogged about Pants-On-Fire Lawyer in 2017.  It’s worth a read.

Back then, I promised I’d follow the story and update you on any developments. Well, I failed. Last February, the lawyer’s license was suspended for 91 days.  There are no details in the suspension order, so I’m not positive if it issued in response to the spontaneous combustion.  If so, I imagine a hearing at which the lawyer asked the Supreme Court if it was wrong to “accidentally” set himself on fire during the trial of a client charged with arson whose defense was that the fire was an accident.  Because, you know, if anyone had told him that was frowned upon . . .

I digress.

Anyway, Pants-On-Fire Lawyer returned to the news this week. The Miami Herald and ABA Journal are among the many outlets that reported the lawyer was charged with cocaine possession.

I’d say, “out of the frying pan and into the fire”, but that might have it backwards.

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  1. Here’s the link to the ethics complaint that led to his license suspension: https://lsg.floridabar.org/dasset/DIVADM/ME/MPDisAct.nsf/DISACTVIEW/575CA008E4DDB9748525851C0010F11D/$FILE/_14.PDF

    The issues are not only that he apparently ignited the battery in his pocket as he began his closing argument in support of his theory of spontaneous combustion, but also that he continued to pursue civil claims against the defendant’s insurance carrier that the vehicle had been damaged in a crash even after he had been convicted of arson.

    The excuse asserted in the stipulated order of discipline?

    “While conceding that his conduct was improper, Respondent attributes to his lack of experience and complete understanding of the true meaning of zealous advocacy, rather than dishonest or selfish motive.”

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