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Attorney John Eckrem of Medford, OR; ethical gnome

 
The state of Oregon provided John P. Eckrem with a law license in 1996.
 
The Oregon State Bar found John guilty of the following misconduct:
  1. Failed to deposit client funds in proper trust account
  2. Neglected legal matters entrusted to him
  3. Failed to adequately communicate with clients
  4. Failed to withdraw representation of clients when it was mandatory
  5. Failed to timely refund unearned fees (cheater)
  6. Acted knowingly in failing to inform trial court that he had been fired
  7. Failed to provide required accounting of claimed fees to clients
  8. Engaged in a pattern of misconduct
  9. Misconduct involved multiple offenses
  10. Failed to timely return client files to client after being discharged
In one matter, John was hired by Joseph and Michelle Simpson to represent them in an adoption matter. The Simpsons orally agreed to pay John a flat fee of $5,000 to complete the adoption matter.
 
Over a period of eight (8) months, John failed to purse the Simpsons’ legal matter as follows:
  1. Failed to timely file petition for adoption and related materials with the court
  2. Failed to send materials to the Dept of Human Services (DHS) within 30 days after the materials were filed with the court as required
  3. Failed to forward to DHS some of the materials his assistant had sent to him
  4. Failed to contact DHS about the status of the Simpson matter
  5. Failed to cont act DHS when he learned that DHS had not received any documents regarding the adoption matter
Due to John’s gross negligence, the Simpsons fired him and demanded a refund for all unearned fees, which John refused to promptly do as he was required.
 
As a consequence of his misconduct, the apologists for Attorney Misfits sitting on the Oregon Supreme Court punished John by gifting him with a complimentary 60 day suspension of his law license. 
 
As we speak (ca. November 2012) John practices law with the Law Offices of John Eckrem LLC in Medford, Oregon.
 
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