Bloomberg Law
Jan. 19, 2021, 11:00 AM

Sanctions, Competency at Issue as Girardi Keese Troubles Grow

Holly Barker
Holly Barker
Legal Reporter

The legal troubles roiling Los Angeles law firm Girardi Keese LLP, over alleged misappropriation of client funds that it received in connection with Lion Air crash settlements, are deepening.

Former Girardi Keese attorneys David Lira and Keith Griffin may have to appear in person before Judge Thomas M. Durkin in Chicago, despite the pandemic, to explain why they shouldn’t be held in contempt of court.

The judicial inquiry Lira and Griffin face is whether “their knowing of nonpayment” of certain client settlement funds gave “them an obligation to do something more than what they did” to ensure the firm’s compliance ...

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