LINCOLN — The Nebraska Supreme Court has ordered a 90-day suspension for a Beatrice lawyer who failed to properly communicate with a client.
The court this week also ordered Dustin Garrison to serve a year of probation if he decides to apply for reinstatement at the end of his suspension.
Garrison has practiced law since 2008, mostly in Beatrice.
The court’s Office of Counsel for Discipline filed charges that Garrison violated his professional oath by his failure to show diligence and competence in his representation of a client in a personal injury case.
An investigation showed that Garrison failed to communicate with the client in a professional manner over a period of five years regarding a $210,000 judgment awarded in the lawsuit.
In response to the client’s numerous questions about the case, Garrison offered clipped, evasive answers via Facebook.
“We are fine. We won. Be happy. I can’t explain the whole process” were among the messages Garrison sent to the client. Eventually, however, the judgment was reversed and the client retained a different attorney.
Garrison conditionally admitted to violating his professional oath, according to the Supreme Court’s decision.
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