Lawyer: Don’t Accept Clients Via Email! Everyone Else: Duh!
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)

Via Texas Lawyer, the story of a lawyer who fell for an email scheme:

Houston lawyer Richard T. Howell Jr., whose firm was scammed out of $182,500 by a client who contacted and hired him through e-mail, says he is talking publicly about the situation so he can prevent other Texas lawyers from making the same mistakes.

“I’m a capital ‘D’ Dumbass,” says Howell, who has practiced law for 23 years and is a partner in Buckley, White, Castaneda & Howell.


In October 2008, Howell became the victim of a sophisticated, international version of a classic check-fraud scam…

Because he is responsible, Howell says, he did not ask his partners to help him cover the loss, which stemmed from collections work Howell did for a client who said he was a businessman in Japan. To reimburse his firm, Howell says, he had to borrow money on a home equity loan.

Howell’s firm sued Citibank… alleging the New York bank was negligent and engaged in negligent misrepresentation when it represented to Howell that a $367,000 check — that was supposed to be a payment to Howell’s client from a customer — had cleared when, in fact, it was a bogus check….

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!

Howell says that with a 33.3 percent fee, the prospect of collecting $3.6 million in unpaid invoices for the client was a big lure. “To me, it sounded like it could be a potentially lucrative client from Japan,” Howell says.

“Sounded like?” Is that how lawyers are supposed to operate? If it sounded good, then it’s okay? Hey Howell, I’m a Nigerian prince. Please keep an eye out for my email.

Read the whole story.


Interesting Legal Sites You May Like




Search Now

Attorney with 8 years of civil litigation experience

USA-CA-Los Angeles

Westside law firm of our client is seeking an attorney with 8 years of civil litigation experience, ...

Apply Now

Senior Attorney with litigation experience

USA-NY-New York City

New York City non profit is seeking a senior litigation counsel to manage litigation strategy as wel...

Apply Now

IP Technical Advisor with 1-3 years of software experience


Alexandria office of our client seeks IP technical advisor with 1-3 years of experience in IP applic...

Apply Now

Attorney with 3-8 years of corporate experience


Montvale office of our client seeks attorney with 3-8 years of experience in corporate and business ...

Apply Now


Litigation Associate (Junior to Mid-Level) - Medical Malpractice - Garden City, NY

USA-NY-Garden City

Defense firm seeking junior to mid-level associate for Garden City office to fill Medical Malpractic...

Apply now



Lang, Richert & Patch a Fresno area AV-rated law firm located in the highly desirable Fig Garden Fin...

Apply now



INSURANCE DEFENSE / TRANSPORTATION LITIGATION Law firm located in North Houston seeking an associ...

Apply now

Hotline & Training Managing Attorney (IMMIGRATION)

USA-NY-New York City

Summary: The Hotline & Training Services Managing Attorney will guide, develop, and supervise the Ho...

Apply now

Most Popular


To Top