The right to confront one’s accusers in trial is a fundamental principle of our judicial system. Or, is it? One lawyer learned that confronting one’s accusers is not so fundamental, after all.
Ernesto Martinez, Jr. was accused of double billing. That is, he was accused of billing two different sets of clients for the same 17.5 hours of work in one day. So, he was in effect boiling for 35 hours of work in one normal 24 hour day. At least according to Wikipedia, there are only 24 hours in an average day…..
Mr. Martinez was found guilty of unethical billing practices. The matter went to arbitration. The arbitrator, Phyllis Speedlin, ordered him to pay back $633,000 to his former clients. The clients had hired Mr. Martinez regarding some failed investments on the South side near the Toyota plant. Mr. Martinez was found guilty of taking hours from a junior lawyer and billing