Friday, October 05, 2012

Courier-Journal: "Lawyers Winters & Yonker are suspended; firm's TV ads are off the air" If trouble comes in threes, we had number one with the appointment of Mr. Glover as bar counsel (Courier-Journal: "New Kentucky bar counsel once complained of changes brought by women lawyers"). Trouble number two in the ethics arena was sent up to Kentucky by way of Florida with a less than flattering story on local law firm Winters and Yonker, now Winters Yonker and Kannaday. Note the perplexing response by the KBA President that "it is monitoring the situation and if the firm advertises in Kentucky during the suspensions, it will be reported to the Florida bar." Tattling to the teacher is not a fine way of enforcing the rules in Kentucky. What is trouble number three? Well, I would submit that the nearly cavalier responses by the KBA President would be right up there. Here is a link to the various KENTUCKY Supreme Court rules on the practice of law. Another probing story by Courier-Journal reporter Andrew Wolfson: Lawyers Winters & Yonker are suspended; firm's TV ads are off the air The ubiquitous commercials for Winters & Yonker have been pulled from the airwaves in Louisville and Florida after the Tampa attorneys who head the law firm were suspended for misconduct. Known in Louisville as Winters Yonker & Kannady, the firm spent $651,000 on 12,212 spots in the Louisville market in the first eight months of this year alone, not counting any discounts they may have received, according to the Neilsen Co., which tracks TV advertising. William Winters and Marc Yonker, who promote themselves as the “aggressive attorneys,” were suspended for 91 days and 60 days respectively earlier this month by the Florida Supreme Court, which found they acted too aggressively when the stole clients from their former boss 11 years ago to start their own firm. The court...

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