A onetime Dorsey & Whitney employment and immigration lawyer was disbarred in Washington after the state’s highest court found she improperly maintained outside clients without alerting the firm or reporting the legal fees she collected from “off-the-books” work.
The Supreme Court of the State of Washington ruled on April 12 that Carllene Placide, a former nonequity partner at Dorsey who worked at the firm from 2006 to 2011, should be disbarred for effectively stealing from and trying to mislead the firm. During her time at Dorsey, the court wrote, Placide collected some $56,700 in fees from outside clients. The court also criticized her for mishandling flat fees that individual clients had paid to her upfront, which were supposed to be placed in an interest-bearing attorney trust account.
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