CONTROVERSIAL lawyer Lorenzo “Larry” Gadon has voluntarily suspended himself from the practice of law even though he has yet to receive a copy of a Supreme Court ruling suspending him for three months for allegedly denigrating the legal profession and judicial system.
Gadon was suspended by the high court following a complaint against him in 2009 filed by a dermatologist.
He personally submitted a letter to the office of retiring Associate Justice Antonio Carpio informing him of his voluntary suspension.
“On Oct. 3, 2019, while I was abroad, some members of the media called for my comments on the three months suspension meted out by the Honorable Court. I was not aware of the issuance and as of this date I have not officially received a copy of the Order or notice thereof,” read Gadon’s letter.
“The undersigned hereby respects the Order of the Honorable Supreme Court and hereby abides with the suspension despite non-receipt of the official notice. Thus, the undersigned hereby voluntarily serves the suspension starting today, Oct. 24, 2019 up to Jan. 25, 2020,” he added.
In a resolution dated June 26, 2019 but only made public recently, the SC suspended Gadon for violation Canon 1, Canon 8 and Rule 8.01 of the Code of Professional Responsibility (CPR) with “stern warning that a repetition of the same act in the future will be dealt with more severely.”
The case stemmed from a disbarment complaint filed by a dermatologist against Gadon after the latter supposedly “unilaterally suspended” her from a health care institute without consultating the board of directors.
In the letter written on 23 April 2009, Gadon wanted the dermatologist out of the facility by saying they can hire a doctor of the same specialization as competitor.
He then boasted of having connections in court as he told the dermatologist that he or she may win against the healthcare facility, but only after the case has dragged on for eight to 10 years.
“Atty. Gadon’s remarks about the slow justice system and insinuations that cases are won based on abundance of resources, tramp the integrity and dignity of the legal profession and the judicial system and adversely reflect on his fitness to practice law,” the SC said in its ruling.
Aside from initiating the impeachment complaint against former chief justice Lourdes Sereno, Gadon also became popular in social media for cursing and raising his middle finger against supporters of Sereno.