All lawyers take an oath before admission to the Bar. The oath is an ancient and sacred requirement of the profession. We pledge to put the interests of our clients before ourselves. This is the core of any professional relationship.
But America has been captured by a strange and immoral idea: that greed justifies anything, that the only obligation—of a corporation, or a law firm, or a citizen—is to maximize profit.
Lawyers cannot maximize profit and honor their oath at the same time. You must choose.
Remember the words of President Lincoln:
“…resolve to be honest at all events; and if in your own judgment you cannot be an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer. Choose some other occupation, rather than one in the choosing of which you do, in advance, consent to be a knave.”
Be an honest lawyer. Always honor the trust your client puts in you. REMEMBER YOUR OATH.
Girardi Accused of Failing to Pay $2M or More to Families of 2018 Lion Air Crash VictimsGirardi Accused of Failing to Pay $2M or More to Families of 2018 Lion Air Crash Victims
I would be despondent right now if I wasn’t so furious. Do I really have to say this again? A client’s money is… NOT YOUR MONEY! No lawyer can borrow client money from the trust account, not even for ten seconds. It’s theft, even if it’s paid back. And it looks like this money is gone for good. These were the families of those who died in one of the Boeing crashes. Thomas Girardi was a pioneer and yes, a great lawyer. But not anymore, not if this is true. Sad, yes, but more than that, it’s infuriating.