Good Idea: Earning your legal stripes and eventually billing at a high hourly rate because of your experience, expertise, skill, professionalism and demand.
Bad Idea(s): Unreasonably charging your client, a soldier, $3,500/hr; asking a judge if he is a pedophile; brawling with court security officers; calling a court clerk a profane name; and otherwise shouting profanities at the court clerks.
Just like warning labels, these Good Idea/Bad Idea posts happen for a reason. The ABA Journal is reporting that a Kansas City lawyer was disbarred for charging a soldier an hourly rate of $3,500, even though he agreed $3,500 would be a flat fee for his entire representation of the client. The lawyer was also disbarred for shouting profanities at the court clerks, brawling with security officers after he set off the magnetometer, and previously suggesting that a judge was a pedophile.
The discipline opinion issued by the Supreme Court of the State of Kansas can be read here.