Former In-House Lawyer Disbarred a Second Time—This Time Not in Secret

, Corporate Counsel


The Supreme Court of Louisiana disbarred a former Verizon Communications Inc. lawyer a second time last week, after he kept his first disbarment a secret for a decade.

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    Assuming one never appears in court and the employer doesn't care, one could reside in the Corporate Law department of any major corporation forever after being disbarred. My grandfather was a Corporate Lawyer for Michigan Bell Telephone in the 1920s and as far as I can tell never got licensed in Michigan (he did have a law Degree from the University of Cincinnati and was licensed in Ohio and was not disbarred). Given the nature of the modern publicly traded corporation, who is going to blow the whistle or question whether lawyer x has a license and who in the world of the major law firms is going to rat out an actual or potential client for having such a person as in house counsel.

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