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Former National Geographic Attorney Files Legal Malpractice and Breach of Fiduciary Claims Against US Firm

Karen Bass is an Emmy award winning producer and documentarian who was fired from National Geographic. She was the vice president of natural history projects. National Geographic discovered that signatures had been forged on her Visa documents by her former attorney. The signature was that of the National Geographic general counsel. She has filed a breach of fiduciary duty and legal malpractice claim against Ogletree, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, and a former attorney at the firm.  Due to the mistakes made by Brandi Knox, Bass’ former attorney at Ogletree, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, lost her 0-1B visa. An 0-1B visa is made specifically for "individuals with an extraordinary ability in the arts or extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry."

Brandi Knox has admitted to believing she could sign the documents for the general counsel and has said that this is a misunderstanding. The misunderstanding led to Bass being terminated when Megan Edwards, National Geographic’s general counsel, was called to discuss Bass’ visa application.  Edwards had not signed off on any of these documents and didn’t know about them because Knox had said that she had the power of attorney to sign these documents. The firm defending Knox will defend all claims.

If you have any legal malpractice questions, contact Jefferey Ogden Katz at jkatz@pattersonlawfirm.com or call us at (312)-223-1699.  

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