Chicago: It’s not standard legal practice to insult your own clients, but one lawyer in Illinois has done just that after an argument over a legal bill worth US$400.
According to reports, lawyer Donald Franz called his client Mike Rutkowski an “asshole” with a “small penis” and bad taste in cars after a dispute over fees. Franz then took things further by announcing “I challenge you to a duel, you pick the time, place and manner.” It is rather unsurprising that his disgruntled client then filed a complaint with authorities. Franz admitted that the “general characterization” of his penis joke was true, although denied any challenge to a duel had been issued – instead saying he was threatening to ‘sue’ rather than issuing a threat of violence.
Let me conclude this story with a few tasteless lawyer jokes. 1) How does an attorney sleep? First he lies on one side, then he lies on the other; 2) What are lawyers good for? They make used car salesmen look good; and 3) What’s the difference between a lawyer and a herd of buffalo? The lawyer charges more. Boom!