After 10 years, Supremes disbar two ATL ambulance chasers
By JIM WALLS
Two Atlanta attorneys who paid runners at least $276,000 over several years to bring them personal-injury clients were stripped of their right to practice law today by the Supreme Court of Georgia.
A special master had recommended a one-year suspension for both Steven F. Freedman and Thomas C. Sinowski, but a State Bar review panel later called for disbarment for both men — discipline that the high court ratified today.
The two lawyers, who have “zealously” litigated the case against them for 10 years, argued that even a one-year suspension was too much. The justices disagreed:
Although Respondents were not disciplined previously, their conduct was egregious and they cast a wide net covering more than 1300 cases. Their scheme was highly organized and very lucrative; and it was not short lived. They were motivated by greed and they are not remorseful. Accordingly, we conclude that disbarment is the appropriate sanction in these matters …
The lawyers admitted paying two chiropractors to send them clients, the high court said, and worked over 2 1/2 years with 46 “runners” who brought them 1,376 cases. (State Bar investigators contended the totals were even higher — payments of $399,000 to 54 runners for 2,441 cases.)