Friday, 15 February 2019 15:10

Lawyer Indicted on Forgery, Theft Counts

Feb. 15, 2019 – Memphis lawyer Paul Springer has been indicted on felony counts of forgery and theft involving his handling of a $185,000 settlement check intended for a client, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Springer, 48, who was licensed in 2001, was disbarred last year and ordered to repay six other clients in unrelated cases.
The criminal charges involve a client who hired him in 2012 to handle a criminal complaint against her and her employment action against the City of Memphis. The client signed a Contract for Services agreeing to pay Springer $10,000. She paid him $5,200 and had a balance of $4,800.
The criminal case was eventually dismissed, and the City agreed to pay the client $185,000 to settle the employment matter.
In 2016, she received a check from Springer for $123,950. Springer had withheld an attorney fee of $61,050 from the original settlement of $185,000. The client told investigators that she had not agreed to any contingency fee taken by Springer.
Springer also produced a Contingent Fee Retainer Contract bearing the client’s signature. The client sent both contracts to two forensic document examiners who concluded that at least one of the documents was forged.
The case is being handled by Chief Prosecutor Byron Winsett of the DA’s Public Corruption & Economic Crime Unit.