As of Monday, May 20, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LOGANVILLE -- The Loganville attorney who chairs the Georgia Democratic Party was reprimanded Monday by the Georgia Supreme Court.
Mike Berlon volunteered for the disciplinary measure -- one of the lowest levels allowed -- after a dispute with a client lingered for years.
The case involved complaints that a custody action was not filed when he asked and that the attorney paid a private investigator without authorization.
Berlon, who has not been previously disciplined in 20 years of practice, said he felt bad that the client was not satisfied but said there had been miscommunication on the case.
The complaint had been active since prior to Berlon's election as chairman of the state party in the fall of 2010 and did come up during the campaign, he said.
"This has nothing to do with politics. It's about my professional practice as an attorney," he said. "I'm just happy to get it behind me and move forward."