The National Law Journal by Leigh Jones - November 23, 2010
A former Greenberg Traurig associate has surrendered his law license to the Supreme Court of Georgia following a finding that he billed nearly $500,000 under assumed names. The court on Nov. 22 accepted Michael Shaw's petition for the voluntary surrender of his license, noting that it was "tantamount" to disbarment. The court previously rejected petitions by Shaw to suspend his license. According to court records, while he was an associate at Greenberg Traurig from 2003 to 2009, Shaw used the fictitious name of an independent investigator to submit invoices for work on bankruptcy cases. He also submitted invoices for fake title-examination services. Greenberg Traurig fired Shaw in June 2009 when it learned of his conduct. Shaw had moved for a six-month suspension and, after the court rejected that petition, for a two- to four-year suspension, which it also denied. In ordering his removal from the state's attorney roster, the court observed that Shaw used someone else's Social Security number, obtained from bankruptcy filings, and submitted fake tax forms. The court said that Shaw had admitted most of the allegations and that he had repaid the firm $527,000. Shaw could not be reached for comment.