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Greenberg Traurig’s firing of attorney Mark McCombs last week, which came just one day after he was arrested for allegedly stealing $1 million from a client, has raised some questions as to whether the firm may have reacted too quickly to the charges. Well, the answer to that appears to depend on who you ask.

The Chicago Tribune tackled the question in its Tuesday edition. A Georgetown University Law Center ethics professor said in the piece that firms generally offer up one of two reactions: “They either circle the wagons or kick him out,” Michael Frisch told the paper.

The report goes on to cite several examples of how firms have reacted in the past to allegations against a member of its staff.

  
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McComb’s attorney, Michael Gillespie, said Greenberg Traurig seems to have “jumped to conclusions” and that more time would have been prudent. A spokesperson for the firm countered that following its own investigation on Friday afternoon, the firing was “the right course of action.”

McCombs was arrested and charged last week with stealing $1 million from Calumet Park, a suburb of Chicago, by billing for work he never did.  He has since been released from custody after posting bail.

McCombs could face a prison sentence of between six and 30 years.

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