Girardi Scandal Provides Important Ethics Lessons

By Elizabeth Tuttle Newman (October 13, 2021, 5:42 PM EDT) -- Former plaintiffs lawyer Thomas V. Girardi spent decades as one of the nation's best-known attorneys, representing plaintiffs in mass tort and high-profile class actions and inspiring the blockbuster film "Erin Brockovich."

Girardi and his eponymous firm, Girardi Keese, now face involuntary bankruptcy proceedings and related litigation stemming from decades of allegations that Girardi misused and misappropriated clients' funds. The maelstrom of litigation and press surrounding the saga provides myriad ethics and professional responsibility lessons for practitioners today.

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Numerous clients have alleged that Girardi misappropriated funds that rightfully belonged to them.

Girardi, the former plaintiffs attorney famed for spearheading...

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