Attorney Receives $28,184.81 Worth of Guns For Legal Work; Bar Complaint Filed

The full story is covered here on the excellent Legal Profession Blog. In a nutshell, an Ohio gun seller incurred over $27,000 in legal fees. One of the law firm’s partners took items in trade for the debt. That can be permissible if done properly. The problem here is that the lawyer did not pay his firm for the value received, i.e. he took the firearms for himself to the detriment of his partners. The attorney, Keith Allen Vanderburg, formerly of the Wegman, Hessler & Vanderburg firm, admitted that he took the firearms without reimbursing his firm.