Thursday, December 3, 2009

Wall of Shame: "Dr." Gary Karpin!

Lawyers don't retire, generally.  They work until they drop dead in their offices. Or, in the case of my old boss, until you drop dead of a heart attack on the bus coming into the office.  I digress.  Back to the point... I'm not sure if that is because they are so passionate about their work, or too broke to stop.  So, naturally, the legal industry doesn't make room for new meat. 

But there is one way that lawyers are siphoned out of the legal industry... through disbarment.  Typically, the victims idiots of "disbarment" are solos that can't make ends meet without ripping off their clients.   That is why I'm not super keen on being a solo. There are lots of places where you can slip.... like comingling funds, etc.

Then, there are egregious cases.  For these, I will be featuring a wall of shame a few times a month when I feel like it.

Gary Karpin, out of Arizona, is serving 16 years in prison for ripping off clients to the tune of $250K.  Not much money considering all that he has lost; a "late-model silver Corvette and his sprawling home in Gilbert that he bought for $495,000 in 2001" and a license to practice the law.  I'm sure he'll miss the Corvette and the home.

Not only did this former divorce attorney, turned mediator, promise to: "settle all issues -- no trial -- no court appearance -- be divorced in 90 days -- low cost -- low stress -- judge approved -- focus on best interests of children -- attorney supervised" and then charge clients up to $90K for divorces that should have cost $3K, but he also had romantic interests in at least 2 of his clients.  They fell for his guitar abilities and Chris Walken looks (Sorry, Chris!)

And, interestingly enough, he had retired from the practice of law in 1992 (read: disbarred in 1992).  Apparently, "[He had] engaged in an unprecedented pattern of submitting false statements, submitting false evidence and using other deceptive practices."  Whoops. 

He picked up the title of "Dr." somewhere along the way. "He call[ed] himself "Dr. Gary" because of his law degree -- a juris doctorate."  Ha!

This guy went to a law school in Vermont.  It's safe to presume that it's Vermont Law School, since that is the only one there (I think). It's definitely outside the top 100.  I'm sure they are beaming with pride.  Hmmmmm... correlation or causation? 


  1. Don't you love how the bar associations come down on small practitioners? (Evidently, this guy deserves the distinction and notoriety.) However, Biglaw does this stuff as a matter of practice.

    They charge their clients top dollar for stuff they send to their law clerks (who probably bill out at $125 per hour). Of course, the ABA and state bar associations don't know anything about that.

  2. That dude is ugly. Who would fall for him?

  3. Bernie Sanders is from Vermont and he put a hold on Bernake. The State's not all bad.

    I think throwing in with the 'tards that constitute the AZ bar did him in.

  4. Vermont Law School is currently ranked the number ONE environmental law school in the country. Shitheads can come from anywhere.

  5. Why you picking on VLS? That's where I went. There are dirtbag lawyers from every school.

    Fort Lauderdale Attorney Charged in Billion-Dollar Ponzi Scheme

    MIAMI—Jeffrey H. Sloman, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Miami Office; and Daniel W. Auer, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, announced the filing of a five-count Criminal Information charging attorney Scott Rothstein, 47, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with one count of conspiracy to violate the Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) statute; one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering; one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud; and two counts of wire fraud. In addition, the information seeks the forfeiture of $1.2 billion, including 24 pieces of real property, numerous luxury cars, boats, and other vessels, jewelry, sports memorabilia, business interests, bank accounts and more.

  6. Yah.. He's scum. He makes it to the Wall of Shame too.


    Like me, Max Baucus's girlfriend is apparently a graduate of the University of Utah and Drake Law School. Maybe the school can put that on their website, 'Drake Law in the News.'

    Oh yeah, she allegedly was an adjunct professor at Drake from 1990-present in two classes I never heard of (nor saw on the course offerings). And while living in Montana? Come the hell on!



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