Wednesday, June 10, 2009
A 60-day license suspension is being recommended for Garland Stillwell, a former attorney for Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman after it was discovered that he inflated his credentials on his resume.
He also charged personal expenses to the company credit credit card. Among other transgressions, he also used firm employees to send out a false employment verification for a friend who no longer worked at Pillsbury.
The suspension to some, seems like a slap on the wrist. But those wary of hiring somebody with a past like this need only use a Professional License Verification service to view the history of attorneys licenses. The suspension will appear on any verification during the 60-day period and will remain in the license history.
The report by the committee said a harsher penalty was not warranted because of mitigating factors. Stillwell had acknowledged the violations, reimbursed the firm, participated in counseling and had no prior violations.