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Oklahoma Bar Association reimburses former clients of attorneys

Clients of an attorney who has died and two others who acted dishonestly will be reimbursed more than $100,000 this month, according to the Oklahoma Bar Association.
by Matt Dinger Published: December 22, 2013

Christmas will have a little extra jingle this year for 21 clients of three attorneys who have died or quit practicing law.

The clients received just over $100,000 among them from the Oklahoma Bar Association's Clients' Security Fund.

The fund, created in 1965, is a last resort for clients who cannot recover money from insurance, a bonding company or the involved attorneys, said association President Jim Stuart.

“Clients depend on us, and we take the issue of lawyer trust very seriously,” Stuart said. “This group of former attorneys who have violated that trust make up a very small percentage of lawyers.

“They are no longer practicing law, and we are happy to assist those who've been victimized by dishonesty.”

Sharon Peelor was involved in a three-vehicle collision Oct. 29, 2010, in Norman. She was hospitalized for eight days and hired Noble attorney Dane Wilson to help settle the case and pay medical bills not covered by health insurance.

Wilson did not make any payments to medical providers from the $41,500 provided by insurance checks.

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by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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