ALBANY, Ga. — The Georgia Supreme Court has accepted a petition for voluntary discipline for an Albany attorney, officials said Monday.
Johnnie Mae Graham, who has represented many high-profile clients including former Downtown Manager Don Buie and Municipal Court Judge Willie Weaver, was named in the action made public by the court Monday.
The court also recommended a review panel reprimand of Graham.
Graham did not return phone calls seeking comment Monday.
According to court records, Graham admitted that a client hired her to represent him in a civil case against an insurance company and that she miscalculated the statute of limitations regarding her client’s breach-of-contract claim and did not file suit before the claim expired.
Ultimately, Graham didn’t file any pleadings in regards to the case and, at the same time, her client filed for bankruptcy protection from the court, and, when the bankruptcy court attempted to contact Graham in regards to the civil suit, court records show that she wasn’t prompt in responding either general inquiries or a subpoena.
“Eventually, Graham entered into a consent order in which she agreed to pay $2,000 to the trustee’s law firm to reimburse it for the costs and expenses of bringing the motion to compel compliance with the subpoena and for contempt. Graham paid the amount and provided documentation to the trustee’s office. She also paid $1,500 in a check payable to her client and the trustee, as ordered by the bankruptcy court’s consent order on the trustee’s motion to disgorge fees,” the court stated Monday.
The state bar recommended the court lessen it’s punishment against Graham, citing her previously-unblemished service record and her cooperation with investigators.