Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Lyle Yurko, Please Return Your Phone Calls!

Lyle Yurko (pic) is missing.  According to an article at the Charlotte Observer, North Carolina Bar authorities have taken steps to have lawyers step in and provide legal services to Lyle's clients some of whom are in tremendous legal peril in terms of time lines, and are sitting behind bars.

This is from the Glenn Counts' article about Yurko's disappearance at the Observer:

"A Charlotte attorney has seemingly disappeared and now the state bar is taking action.  Many of Lyle Yurko's friends say they haven't seen him for months. Neither have his clients. 'His friends are very concerned for him and they wish him the very best,' said attorney Fredrick Winiker, who has been appointed trustee over Yurko's practice. 'It's very unusual. It's a process that is designed by the state bar to help address situations where there is a sole practitioner attorney.' Yurko is considered to be one of the most brilliant legal minds in the state. In 2004, Charlotte Magazine named him as one of the toughest lawyers in town. According to an order from the N.C. State Bar, it appears that Yurko has vanished, abandoning his law practice. . .

It's possible that Yurko is out of the country. A couple of years ago he married a woman in Vietnam and has spent considerable time in that country. Whatever the reasons for his disappearance, the state bar fears that his clients will suffer. That's why the bar appointed Winiker to watch over the practice.

'The danger is that they won't have adequate representation in the court system,' Winiker said. 'They may not be advised of pending court dates and be assessed penalties by the court for failing to appear when it really was not their fault.'

'This is a sad matter where there are incarcerated clients with no lawyer. They paid for services and now have no attorney,' said Claire Rauscher, head of the federal public defender office."
Interesting story for several reasons, obviously the implication for clients is concern number one, and we will see how well problems relating to the disappearance pan out for clients who become "prejudiced" by the disappearance of Yurko.  But also compelling for me is what the story says about the pressure on the solo practitioner.  It is unrelenting, and I know many a lawyer who has fantasized about walking away.  As you can see form this story the weight of client concerns is unremitting, add in law office management, health, and personal pressures.  I hope Mr. Yurko is alive and well, but the Bad Lawyer also appreciates the insanity of solo practice and the toll that it takes. 


  1. Didn't Yurko represent that NASCAR drug addict?

  2. why did it take months for this to publicy come out? a missing person picture is usually put on the news within a day or two. who kept this a secrest dand why?!

  3. why does bad lawyer think he is intentionally not returning phone calls? lyle was a big eater and may have been in bad health if he left the country and not be with us anymore?

  4. let us not jump so quickly to conclusions. foul play? bad health? let us pray for a very good man and a great attorney

  5. lyle yurko may be dead because of all the lies he told to people he as not a good lawyer all he does is feed people bull**** and scam people out of money

  6. Jabba the Hut with a ponytail . . .

  7. Lyle was a snitch lawyer violated all codes of conduct...and he ain't the only one full of shit the whole FUCKING system is full of shit the country is full of shit...we the people my ass...we let then run over us..