Friday, February 03, 2012

In Re Marriage of Wahl & Perkins (Cal. Ct. App. - Feb. 2, 2012)

Just because you're a doctor doesn't mean you're smart.  Just because you have tens of millions of dollars doesn't mean what you're doing isn't crazy.  Just because you think your arguments are wonderful doesn't mean they are.  And just because you're an otherwise reasonable attorney willing to cash the retainer checks of someone rich doesn't mean that you can represent a frivolous litigant and not get sanctioned.

All of these life lessons are appropriately learned in this case.  Which affirms a half-million-dollar-plus sanction award (!) in this family law case.  And which also sanctions on appeal both the appellant -- Dr. Loretta J. Wahl -- as well as her appellate lawyers, Kim Robinson and Richard Ducote.

I feel sorry for the respondent, Drew Perkins.  He's rich, yeah.  But he has to deal with an ex-wife who, well, let's just kindly say, has made some very bad choices.

P.S. - Sanity tip:  Whenever one of your lawsuits is against the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, maybe you should say to yourself:  "You know, I wonder if I'm way off the deep end here?"