- Associated Press - Sunday, December 13, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A prominent Oklahoma City attorney is again accused of professional misconduct for allegedly keeping nearly $100,000 in funds belonging to clients whose daughter died in a car accident.

The state association of lawyers has asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court to discipline Doug Friesen, and punishment could include the suspension or loss of his license to practice law, The Oklahoman newspaper reported (https://bit.ly/1NO3Ohx ).

Last year, the state Supreme Court suspended Friesen from practicing law after he was sentenced to 15 weekends in jail and six months of home detention for three misdemeanor tax offenses. That suspension was lifted in May.

The current allegations stem from Friesen being hired in 2009 by the parents of an 11-year-old girl who died when a truck struck a minivan she was riding in.

He represented the parents in a wrongful-death case that was settled in 2010 for $675,000. Friesen kept $209,500 as his attorney’s fees and kept another $3,062 for his costs.

But, according to a complaint, he gave the parents only $365,000 of their $462,438 share. He gave the clients an additional $97,438 after they sued him last year.

Friesen denies allegations of professional misconduct and his attorney, Mack Martin, declined further comment.

Friesen has been involved in several high-profile cases in the state.

Friesen defended a former Del City police captain at trial who was convicted of first-degree manslaughter for fatally shooting an unarmed, fleeing suspect in the back.

Friesen also represented former pharmacist Jerome Ersland in unsuccessful appeals. Ersland was convicted in 2011 of first-degree murder for fatally shooting an unarmed, already wounded robber inside an Oklahoma City drugstore.


Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com

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