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Man is masquerading as a lawyer, Bar says

Murray arbitrator is accused of misleading public

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The Utah State Bar has filed a complaint against a Murray man who allegedly represented himself as an attorney on two occasions without being admitted to practice law in Utah.

According to the complaint, R. Lynne Booth provides arbitration services out of his business, Booth, Richards and McConkie, 4001 S. 700 East. A person does not have to be a lawyer to provide such services, said bar attorney Gregory Sanders.

However, on at least two occasions, Booth represented himself as a lawyer, the complaint states.

Booth did not return calls for comment Thursday and Friday.

"We don't know the parameters on how long he's been doing this, but we think he's been doing it for awhile," Sanders said. "We've asked him to stop and he hasn't."

On Feb. 23, Booth called a Salt Lake attorney and said "he was an attorney representing Wholesale Air Conditioning," the complaint states. Booth "then attempted to negotiate the setting aside of a default judgment that had been entered against Wholesale Air Conditioning."

Also, starting in February, Booth told several people that he was an attorney representing a fast-food restaurant, the complaint states. "During the course of those contacts, (Booth) attempted actual negotiation of legal issues pending and offered opinions on the merits of pending or threatened litigation."

Although Booth has the name "McConkie" as part of his business, "there is nobody associated with the defendant's business with that name," the complaint states. However, located in the same building is the law firm Parker & McConkie.

"The only thing different in the address (between Booth's business and the law firm) is the suite number," Sanders said. Sanders said that when an attorney with Parker & McConkie called Booth's business and asked to talk to "McConkie," the attorney only spoke with Booth and later was given the name of a "McConkie" that didn't exist.

"The use of the name 'McConkie' is a deliberate attempt to create an appearance of the defendant being an attorney as part of a law firm by misleading members of the public to believe that he is an attorney," the complaint states.

The complaint seeks to stop Booth "from the unauthorized practice of law." If Booth refuses to stop, the bar will seek penalties, Sanders said.

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