Lawyer Disbarred for Addiction to Video Games


Mathew Eshelman, a Pennsylvania  lawyer has been disbarred due to his gaming obsession. He started screwing up the real life game of the criminal justice system so he could continue his non stop gamming even when he started  his own practice.  What video games would you risk getting fired from your job just to play?
In the end he was found to have mishandled 17 cases, including bankruptcy, divorce, and debt collection cases because of gaming. He lied in a divorce filing, ignored calls from clients and lost track of client money. As a result he’s been banned from practicing for three years. In fact, the disciplinary board backed down from a 5-year ban because “Eshelman had once been a competent lawyer”.


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I wish people would stop saying he was disbarred for being addicted to games. He was not! He was disbarred for gross incompetence.

Yes, game addiction was part of it, but by the accounts even that stemmed from deeper problems he was having.

But you don't get fired for being an alcoholic. You get fired for not doing your job. While one often leads to the other, it doesn't make them equivalent.
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