Reported Misconduct Committed By Attorney Lisa M. Butti In Rhode Island
Reported Misconduct Committed By Attorney Lisa M. Butti In Rhode Island

Attorney Lisa Butti Misappropriated Funds And Has Ethics And Unauthorized Practice Of Law Violations

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This attorney was disbarred - see details.
Added 1-2010 -- The state Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended the law license of Lisa M. Butti, of Cranston for allegedly misappropriating client funds. The court took the action based on disciplinary complaints it received from clients of Attorney Lisa Butti. Attorney Butti was accused of misappropriating funds she received to settle personal-injury cases.

In asking that she be suspended, the court's disciplinary counsel, David D. Curtin, noted that she already has prior disciplinary complaints that are pending a hearing. In the prior ethics complaints, brought last fall by the court's disciplinary counsel, she stands accused of representing two clients who were injured in automobile accidents, receiving settlements for them and then failing to pay off creditors, including medical providers, who were owed money from the settlements. Some of the creditors filed the disciplinary complaints after they weren't paid by Attorney Lisa Butti. In the new complaints, she is accused of similar activities involving other clients.

Attorney Lisa Butti has not actually been authorized to practice law since March 2008 because she failed to pay Supreme Court administrative fees that all lawyers are required to pay each year to fund the operations of the disciplinary counsel's office. But according to papers filed with the court, she actually has been handling legal matters since then.

In the new complaints filed against her, she is accused by Curtin of forging a client's name to a $7,500 settlement check from an insurance company and transferring payment of the proceeds to her father. Curtin's office said Tuesday that the check was never deposited and that it appears that Butti's father cashed it. The money was supposed to go to the client who was injured in an automobile accident and to some of his medical providers. The client eventually got $2,356, but the medical providers still haven't been paid. Butti is also accused in the new complaint of failing to pay medical providers from another insurance settlement check she received on behalf of a client injured in a slip and fall case. As of this posting no charges had been filed but the case was referred to the State Police for investigation.


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