Prominent family law attorney Brenda L. Storey said she was wrongly punished for simply asking a client in a divorce case to pay her, and for ultimately using money from the marriage toward her bill — a common practice in such proceedings.
The Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel, which prosecutes lawyer-discipline cases, took a vastly different view of Storey’s decision to accept a $47,578.43 tax refund check — unknown to the husband in the case — and use it to pay her own law firm for Storey’s representation of the wife.
“Ms. Storey did not engage in the generally accepted practice,” Assistant Regulation Counsel Justin P. Moore told the Colorado Supreme Court last week. He referred to the decision of a three-member disciplinary board, which concluded Storey acted with “a selfish and dishonest motive.”
The justices heard the rare oral arguments in an attorney-discipline case on June 21, in