Dena Falken
3 min readFeb 26, 2023

Who protects the lawyers from ROGUE BAR ASSOCIATIONS?

Diana Smith was a well-respected US lawyer who had worked in the legal profession for over twenty
years. She was a successful and respected member of the bar, having been involved in some high-profile
cases. But despite her success and hard work, Diana's career ended abruptly when a Canadian man falsely reported her to the bar.
Diana felt helpless and frustrated, and her story needed to be told. This is the story of Diana Smith, a US lawyer who was wronged by the bar after a Canadian businessman filed a false report against her.
Diana, a retired lawyer, and current international legal advisor replied to a prospective client looking for legal representation in Southeast Asia. While the man never retained Diana as his legal counsel, Diana got him in touch with regional attorneys to help him with his case. While Diana normally charges a nominal fee for her advisory services, she felt a simple referral did not warrant such a fee, as in her mind, it was a simple matter. She did not do any direct work for the client and thus was happy to refer
him to one of her many international colleagues in the legal community.
Unfortunately, the man was less than pleased with the outcome of his international case and, thus, decided that Diana was the scapegoat. He falsely reported her to the bar, claiming she had taken an
illegal fee for her services. The bar, however, had no evidence to support the mans claim yet took the mans word as truth.
Diana was then hit with a severe reprimand and suspension from the bar, effectively ending her professional career and any prospects of representing clients on legal matters. While Diana had the option to appeal her case, the bar made it prohibitively difficult for her to do so, scheduling in-person hearings during the peak of the holiday travel season.
While usually, such in-person hearings may not be a big deal, for Diana, it meant temporarily halting her
primary source of income. While technically retired from practicing law, Diana travels to many different countries to host workshops and seminars, educating seasoned and prospective legal professionals on
the intricacies of legal translations. The “BAR”” refused to let Diana attend the hearings over video conferencing, even during the height of the pandemic.
Having to attend an in-person hearing then, for Diana, meant clearing her packed calendar and refunding all advisory fees to her students while purchasing an expensive international flight, car rental,
and accommodation, all at her own expense.
Unfortunately, the story does not end there. The man who had initially accused Diana…

Dena Falken

A language lover, women in business, travel buff, author and all things that fulfill our dreams