Houston lawyer Richard T. Howell Jr., whose firm was scammed out of $182,500 by a client who hired him through e-mail, says he is talking publicly about the situation so he can prevent other lawyers from making the same mistakes. "I'm a capital 'D' Dumbass," says Howell, who has practiced law for 23 years and is a partner in Buckley White. Because he is responsible, Howell says, he did not ask his partners to help him cover the loss. To reimburse his firm, he says he had to borrow money on a home equity loan.
Lawyers Warned to Be Wary of Client E-Mail Scams
January 26, 2009