In recent reports proving that it’s possible to take the concept of “hands on” client contact a bit too seriously, the Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled that solo practitioner Ronald Pierce will have to pay a $1.5 million verdict against him for having an affair with a client’s wife. As the ABA Journal has reported, Pierce was hired in 1997 to represent Ernest Cook and his wife, Kathleen, in a medical malpractice case. Soon thereafter, Pierce started having an affair with Kathleen and the Cooks subsequently divorced—at which point Pierce promptly married Kathleen.
The cuckolded Cook appears to be having the last laugh, however, winning the million-plus verdict in his suit against Pierce for “intentional infliction of emotional distress, breach of contract and alienation of affection.” And as for Pierce? He claims he saw it coming, recently telling the National Law Journal that he “expected to lose the case” because he wasn’t allowed to present oral argument on appeal. “I knew I was going to get screwed,” he said.
Oh, Pierce, we won’t even try to top that one. Thanks, though—and we hope it was worth it. [ABA Journal]