A New York appellate court has overturned a finding that a personal injury lawyer had misappropriated client funds with dishonest or fraudulent intent, citing post-9/11 trauma the attorney blamed for his conduct. The panel approved a one-year suspension for Frederick W. Salo, but dismissed a charge that he had engaged in dishonest or fraudulent conduct, crediting psychologists' opinions that he inadvertently tapped the funds as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder he suffered following the terror attacks.
9/11 Trauma Influenced Lawyer's Misconduct, Court Finds
New York Law Journal
July 28, 2010