Longtime attorney agrees to 18-month ...

Longtime attorney agrees to 18-month suspension

There are 24 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Mar 11, 2008, titled Longtime attorney agrees to 18-month suspension. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

A longtime Pittsfield lawyer has agreed to an 18-month suspension of his law license, beginning April 14, in connection with what he asserted to the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers was an office employee's ...

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sonia riggs

Glens Falls, NY

#6 Mar 11, 2008
Chesterfield?DUH
boo hoo

AOL

#9 Mar 12, 2008
it appears mr fuster represented donnie and lost.if you cant do the time dont do the crime.
OTHER ATTORNEY

AOL

#10 Mar 12, 2008
Anybody undergoing cancer therapy has to sympathize with this guy. He's facing death and an employee takes him to the bank when he's out of the office. After such a lengthy investigation by the Bar, I am willing to stand by their decision that it was the employees fault, but Fuster was neglectful. Taking into account his health status, its completely understandable in my mind, that he missed the signals of the employees misconduct.

“What are you looking at?”

Since: Feb 08

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#16 Mar 23, 2008
Being one of the better "attorneys in Pittsfield" is like being the fist mate of the Titanic...it ain't so great.
ombudsman

Springfield, MA

#17 Mar 23, 2008
I'm not a lawyer, but a few words of caution to those of you making some harsh statements about Atty. Fuster on this site.(I do not know him)

Some of the comments made on this topic, and others on the Topix website, could be considered libellous. That means defaming a person or persons, in print, and by publication.(Consult a dictionary/online dictionary for more detailed definition)

When you signed onto Topix, did you read the "Terms of Service" section? Most people ignore this section when signing onto most sites. Under the "Post Comment" button is a little blurb which says that once you click "Post Comment" you bind yourself to all the terms and conditions of the "Terms of Service". It's a detailed, wordy, document, but you should pay particular attention to two sections. The "Content" section spells out what you can/cannot post on Topix. The more important section is: "With Whom Does Topix Share Information". In a nutshell, this section says, that if a person feels that you have defamed him/her, he/she can sue you for libel, and Topix will reveal your personal identity if presented with a subpoena, court order, or other legal device, which requests your info., for legal proceedings.

Once you post a comment on the internet it becomes part of the public domain, there is a hard copy of it, and it is admissible in court, as a few of our idiot Congressmen found out, leaving e-mail trails that the prosecutors just loved to have.

So, be careful what you write, or you may need a lawyer-a different one from this thread.
Paralegal

Lanesboro, MA

#21 Mar 27, 2008
RICHIE RICH wrote:
<quoted text>BOBBY DID RIGHT BY MY WIFE, WAS A PITBULL IN COURT, AND GOT MY WIFE A HUGE SETTLEMENT, WAS VERY PLEASED WITH HIS SERVICES, AND HE DID IT PRO BONO, SOMETIMES YOU CANT WIN A CASE.
I agree with you above. He will kick butt in court. The ones bitching must of been on the other side. To bad for you. He is an awesome lawyer, boss & friend.
donald virgilio

Sun Valley, NV

#25 Mar 28, 2008
by the way why dont you use your real name sissy
amandavives

Glens Falls, NY

#26 Mar 29, 2008
donald virgilio wrote:
by the way why dont you use your real name sissy
DONALD, WHATS GOING ON OUT THERE IN RENO, I WAS WATCHING DATLINE,NBC,A SERIAL KILLER,IN RENO?
crapped out in vegas

Reno, NV

#31 Mar 30, 2008
he didnt take anything away from me. i just cant stand people who are suposed to be law abiding citizens and do absolutly nothing but rob and steel from people they are trying to be.(law abiding)i have more respect for scumbags that would rob you with a gun than i do for one that robs you with a smile.(some one your suposed to trust yea right)
Tammy Langman-Vogt

Easthampton, MA

#34 Apr 16, 2008
Robert Fuster Sr. is a better human being, who has brought far more light into this world, than all of you - his bitter and unsuccessful inferiors - put together. Probably, you all lost to him, and with good reason; Robert chooses his cases based on merit because, due to having beat two different kinds of cancer twice, he knows what's important in life. The real question is: Why can't the nonessential and forgettable people - say, the dregs and weasels who wrote such ugly things - all die of cancer? While the Robert Fusters of the world can continue to right the few wrongs that actually can be righted in this obviously unfair life?
Resounding Remorse wrote:
Contrary to Mr. Fuster's argument (or defense) that he nothing to do with the books, and never provided adequent paralegal oversight or supervise non-lawyer employees, sounds to me, and to other reasonable minds, that, in fact, he was totally immersed in the daily acitivies of his office. Thus, he had full constuctive or actual knowledge of his misconduct. Leaning on his cancer treatment is not a crutch worth supporting a leinent punnishment!
Moreover, the implicaions that an outside accounting source discovered the errors and Mr. Fuster, et al, tried, unsuccessfully, to cover-up the misconduct sounds more reasonable. Why is not Fuster junior implicated in this schandel?
It sounds like a similar concealment scheme New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is now confronted with.
If Mr. Fuster is looking for work, perhaps he should consider applying to the Pittsfield Dayspring Reality. I understand they hire discredited lawyers (e.g., Kate Alexander [suspened from the practice of law for violating a defendant's civil rights] and Charles Sawyer [disbarred from the practice of law for commingling client funds]).
Mr. Fuster's chancy behaviour should have earned him a disbarment; Instead the BBO took mitigating circumstances into account and again slapped his wrist. How many times must suspended attorney Robert Fuster appear and answer complaints before the Board smartens up and formally disbars him.
This most recent action doesn't come as a complete surprise to me!
BCM
BUCKETHEAD

Glens Falls, NY

#35 Apr 16, 2008
Tammy Langman-Vogt wrote:
Robert Fuster Sr. is a better human being, who has brought far more light into this world, than all of you - his bitter and unsuccessful inferiors - put together. Probably, you all lost to him, and with good reason; Robert chooses his cases based on merit because, due to having beat two different kinds of cancer twice, he knows what's important in life. The real question is: Why can't the nonessential and forgettable people - say, the dregs and weasels who wrote such ugly things - all die of cancer? While the Robert Fusters of the world can continue to right the few wrongs that actually can be righted in this obviously unfair life?
<quoted text>
Think about it, if he was such a bad lawyer, why was he hired in the first place, your right, you can't prove what you don't know, he was suspended, and he is gone for 18 months, which could be a lifetime, if he has a reacurrence,GOD forbid, like I said before, he was an excellent attorney for my family,peace.
Eve Kummel

Northampton, MA

#36 May 2, 2008
I have more than once recommended Robert Fuster, Sr. to friends who were in need of a competent and wise attorney. Both cases were won and fairly managed. I would not hesitate to recommend him should he be re-instated and willing to take on new cases. He did not even ask for a retainer in one situation.

Shame on all of you who are leaving nasty, vicious comments. It's a shonda and for those of you who are so ignorant, look it up.

He should live in peace as we all should and leave the judgements to the court or your higher power.
wom

Glens Falls, NY

#37 May 2, 2008
Eve Kummel wrote:
I have more than once recommended Robert Fuster, Sr. to friends who were in need of a competent and wise attorney. Both cases were won and fairly managed. I would not hesitate to recommend him should he be re-instated and willing to take on new cases. He did not even ask for a retainer in one situation.
Shame on all of you who are leaving nasty, vicious comments. It's a shonda and for those of you who are so ignorant, look it up.
He should live in peace as we all should and leave the judgements to the court or your higher power.
I know what SHONDA MEANS, LADY .AND I'M NOT LOOKING IT UP. ITS A SELECT BRAND OF HONDA, SHONDA.
your loving friend carol

Baltimore, MD

#38 Jun 14, 2008
I moved away in 1990, and had no idea what has been going on with Fuster. I knew fuster both personally, and professionally. Our children went to school together. Fuster helped me with legal issues pro bono, while my very well-known and very wealthy ex-husband was making life very difficult for my daughter and me. In the beginning when he was helping me pro bono, he could have looked down the road and anticipated some profit, but he didn't, basically because of the the ties our children had, and he truly felt sorry for what I was going through. I had no idea he was sick. I love him for his goodness...carol
NO1admirer

Adams, MA

#40 Jul 8, 2010
“Attorney Fuster is Numero Uno in my 24 years of...”
Attorney Fuster is Numero Uno in my 24 years of full time real estate sales experience in Berkshire County. If you need a loyal and thoughtful attorney, Robert Fuster is the man. And I don't mean for just real estate transactions; as a matter of fact, he is a most conscious, reliable and trustworthy professional for all areas in the legal realm. In my real estate sales career, the relationships I have with my clients go beyond the home sale closing. My clients call me for professional referrals for years after their purchase of a new home. I am confident in referring Robert Fuster to all my clientelle, in all aspects of law. In turn, my clients refer Mr. Fuster to their friends and relatives and continue to refer real estate business to me. Thank you Robert, by providing the greatest, caring services to my clients, you have provided new business to me on a regular basis.
Tina Keating

Gadsden, AL

#41 Mar 17, 2011
I knew Robert Fuster when I lived in MA many many years ago. He was a wonderful friend and helped my future husband tremendously with an unfortunate court case. I can only wish him all the best!
anonymous

Pittsfield, MA

#42 Mar 18, 2011
When you hire an attorney, and when there's a retainer involved, please read the fine print. Issues could involve fees that have wide open "loopholes". Ie: Let's say an attorney charges you 200 bucks an hour for services. And there's a final report or certain papers drawn up that take maybe 15 or 20 minutes to do. A reputable attorney will charge you the secretarial fee (a sometime variable)maybe 75 bucks an hour(regardless of whether he or she pays the secretary 20 bucks an hour)vs. a non-reputable attorney charging you the 200 bucks. Or for instance a phone call to probate court to check on what particular papers were filed (you dont have to be a rocket scientist to know that this particular phone call didn't take no 3 hours. Case in point: Time that an attorney spent on a case was no more than 5-6 hours at best, but somehow managed to eat up the entire several thousand dollar retainer. This alleged incident with attorney Fuster seems trivial to me and I'm surprised that the powers that be went after him considering all the alleged, unscrupulous things that certain, other attorneys are getting away with nowadays.
Bluster

Pittsfield, MA

#43 Mar 18, 2011
You people all need to look inside yourselves.
sjj

Baltimore, MD

#45 Aug 22, 2011
I don't no him but his sons a peice of work couldn't have had a worse lawyer for a more serious situation
yep

Albany, NY

#46 Aug 24, 2011
sjj wrote:
I don't no him but his sons a peice of work couldn't have had a worse lawyer for a more serious situation
he's a piece of something..........

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