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High Court accepts voluntary discipline of attorney

Johnnie Mae Graham

Johnnie Mae Graham

ALBANY, Ga. — The Georgia Supreme Court has accepted a petition for voluntary discipline for an Albany attorney, officials said Monday.

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Johnnie Mae Graham

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.

Comments

whattheheck 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Hope the later report has something understandable.

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FryarTuk 11 months, 2 weeks ago

It probably wasn't for sexual harassment of a client. We can rule that out. HMMM What could it be?

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Sister_Ruby_Two 11 months, 2 weeks ago

It must be pretty serious if she took voluntary discipline.

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FryarTuk 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Funny! Then you remember it's lawyers we're talking about here.

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FryarTuk 11 months, 2 weeks ago

"The state bar recommended the court lessen it's punishment against Graham . . . " they take care of their own. The law applies to everyone but them.

" . . .she miscalculated the statute of limitations regarding her client's breach-of-contract claim and did not file suit before the claim expired." So the client loses here rights for suit? So now can the client file against Graham for malpractice? Have to hire another lawyer.

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carter1971 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Child please.....this lady was drunk.....as usual.#ENOUGHSAID

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MRKIA 11 months, 2 weeks ago

ARE YOU SASYING THIS LADY HAS A DRINKING PROBLEM?

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FryarTuk 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Apparently it's no problem at all. She does it quite easily from his report.

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FlunkyMonkey 11 months, 2 weeks ago

I know Ms. Graham personally. She has never had an action before the State Bar before now. THAT is why she was given a lesser punishment. You know, sort of like a plea deal with a criminal action. I would trust her with any legal action and would recommend her to anyone that needs an attorney. And Cater1971, from where did you get your information? And can you prove the information is true? Or are you just interested in spreading malicious gossip and opening yourself up to perhaps a slander suit?

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erock 11 months, 2 weeks ago

I ain't interested in spreading malicious gossip, I'm interested in someone calling a duck a duck. If ever I get a traffic ticket, I expect to be able to decide my own punishment. Sounds to me like you're trying to cozy up to her. Are you after the money, or some free legal counsel.

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FlunkyMonkey 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Neither...don't need the money and I can get free legal counsel. Benjamin Franklin once said "That a person who represents himself has a fool for a client....the rest of the quote is...and a jackass for an attorney." The great thing about the legal system in this country is that you have the RIGHT to represent yourself in ANY legal matter...you also have the right be a jackass.

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