Rhony Laigo Pinoywatchdog.com JoelBanderLaw Because young attorney allen continues to flagrantly violate ethics laws
Because young attorney allen continues to flagrantly violate ethicslawsBy Joel BanderSenior ColumnistLet’s recap events. (Hint: the conclusion is that young attorney allen just keeps on violatingattorney advertising ethics laws.)The young attorney allen’s image was first seen in Balita in September 2011, appearingalongside the much tarnished Atty. Beirne. As I stated in the last issue “PinoyWatchDog.comwas silent [about young attorney allen] — we did not know anything he had done wrong at thatpoint. It was my personal opinion to say nothing if there wasn’t anything to say.”After the shocking news of over 200 contempt charges being brought against Atty. JamesBeirne young attorney allen’s was suddenly in Balita full page ads with his own firm, threeoffices, just like Balita/Beirne, in Glendale, Cerritos and West Covina. However, young attorneyallen was still in the Beirne advertisements, violating California Rule of Professional Conduct 1-400, Standard 9, which restricts a lawyer from appearing as part of two professionaldesignations in advertising . This was revealed in the PinoyWatchDog.com expose of February18, 2012 on the front page.Reaction: young attorney allen ceased appearing in any Beirne ads. Beirne was suddenly ‘ofcounsel’ in the young attorney allen ads, making them facially compliant.However, young attorney allen marched on with his unethical advertising streak, having abanner ad on the Balita web site that linked directly to the Beirne web site, another deceptiveadvertising practice, as any Internet user would believe they are being directed to the attorney inthe banner ad. Indeed, the click through Beirne ad had an actress falsely claiming she was asuccessful Beirne client.To see the full illegal, unethical Balita/Bierne banner click through go to PinoyWatchDog.comand click on “Beirne Ad Scam.”Reaction: The young attorney allen banner then ceased clicking through to Beirne, and on to hisown web page, which you would expect in the first place. Attorney Beirne took down the actresslying that she was a successful client for Beirne.Now friends, at this point you would think that young attorney allen would act like Attorney Allen,with capital letters, saying enough is enough, and take control of his own advertising. Sadly, I donot think this is possible as these advertising adventures indicate he does not control the lawoffice that bears his name.After taking down the illegal link and even more disturbing fraudulent Beirne ad that has anactress falsely posing as a happy client, the click thru link now lands the internet user ontoyoung attorney allen’s single page web page. And more unethical advertising.
This new web page advertisement states “We are a federally designated debt relief agency.”This is also false and deceptive advertising, as it implies that young attorney allen has appliedfor, and received, some special type of ‘designation’ from the federal government when in factthe terminology is nothing more than an advertising requirement for bankruptcy lawyers.California ethics laws prohibit any advertising that implies a relationship with any governmentalentity. No one ‘designated’ young attorney allen for anything, he simply fits into a defined legalcategory having certain federal requirements.The obvious intent is to mislead the Filipino public that young attorney allen is somehow specialbecause he has received a ‘designation.’ This is similar to Attorney Bierne claiming that he wasa charter member of the National Association of Bankruptcy Lawyers when that designationdoes not even exist.Do you see a pattern?Not yet convinced? Back in September 2011, young attorney allen made a boast in a columnthat he had over ten years of bankruptcy experience. But he is a mid-twenties new admittee.Attorney Beirne has already admitted under oath the young attorney allen had absolutely nobankruptcy experience before he started to work at his office.And this young man is ready to claim, publicly, he has ten years of bankruptcy experience!
What is going to happen when he is sitting face to face with a client? What claims will he maketo a potential client to entice someone to pay over their money?Young man, please take some time to get your house in order. You are starting out on adestructive path of deceit and lies. There is time to change it.Start with admitting that you have no personal capability to manage and run three law officelocations as a new admittee, because you need to spend some time studying advertising ethicslaw, and certainly bankruptcy law. Follow it up by working for a reputable lawyer or firm to obtainthe experience necessary to practice law independently.
My hope is that I do not have to write these types of columns advising the community of theongoing pattern of deceit by young attorney allen.