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Disciplinary System Actions

January 2016 – Present

(Except for agreed dispositions, disciplinary actions imposed by a District Committee remain subject to appeal for 10 days after notice of the determination is mailed to the Respondent.)

(Except for agreed dispositions, disciplinary actions imposed by the Disciplinary Board remain subject to appeal for 30 days after the Memorandum Order is served on the Respondent.)

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Updated April 27, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

April 27, 2016

G. Walter Bressler, G.Walter Bressler, Attorney at Law, 284 Overlake Drive, Bristol, Virginia 24201

VSB Docket No.: 16-000-105729

On April 21, 2016, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked G. Walter Bressler’s license to practice law based on his affidavit consenting to the revocation. In consenting to the revocation, Bressler acknowledged that the charges against him are true and that he could not successfully defend against them.

 

April 27, 2016

John Jason Gentry Mullins, #3199, 1261 Lakeside Drive, Sunnyvale, California 94085

VSB Docket No. 16-000-105643

Effective April 27, 2016, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended John Jason Gentry Mullins’s license to practice law based on his October 11, 2015, disbarment by the Supreme Court of California. Mr. Mullins is ordered to appear before the VSB Disciplinary Board on May 20, 2016, to show cause why the same discipline that was imposed in California should not be imposed in Virginia.

 

April 27, 2016

Richard Morris Gummere, P.O. Box 30, La Plata, Maryland 20646

VSB Docket No. 16-000-105640

Effective April 27, 2016, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended Richard Morris Gummere’s license to practice law based on his January 29, 2016, disbarment by the Court of Appeals of Maryland. Mr. Gummere is ordered to appear before the board on May 20, 2016, to show cause why the same discipline that was imposed in Maryland should not be imposed in Virginia.

 

April 26, 2016

Jesse Eric White, 5201 Windward Way, Southport, NC 28461

VSB Docket Nos. 15-053-101145, 15-053-101702, 15-053-102384, 15-053-102595,

15-053-102683

Effective February 16, 2016, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Jesse Eric White’s license to practice law for two years for violating professional rules that govern diligence, communication, declining or terminating representation, and bar admission and disciplinary matters. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

 

April 25, 2016

Richard Joseph Kwasny, 1039 South Kimbles Road, Yardley, PA 19067

VSB Docket No. 16-000-105306

On April 21, 2016, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended Richard Joseph Kwasny’s license to practice law based on his June 26, 2014, five-year suspension by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Kwasny was ordered to appear before the board on May 20, 2016, to show cause why the same discipline that was imposed in Pennsylvania should not be imposed in Virginia.

 

April 25, 2016

William Henry Yongue IV, 608 Rose Avenue, Blacksburg, VA 24060

VSB Docket No. 16-000-105188

On April 21, 2016, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended William Henry Yongue IV’s license to practice law based on his January 7, 2016, conviction of a felony in North Carolina. Yongue was ordered to appear before the board on May 20, 2016, to show cause why his license should not be further suspended or revoked.

 

April 12, 2016

Cheryl D. Footman-Banks, Janaf Office Building, 5900 E Va Beach Blvd Ste 208, Norfolk, VA 23502

VSB Docket No. 16-022-104602

On April 12, 2016, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board administratively suspended the license of Cheryl D. Footman-Banks to practice law for failure to comply with a subpoena duces tecum.

 

April 12, 2016

Melvin Lorenzo Todd, Jr., Todd Law P.C., 2020 A E Franklin St., Richmond, Virginia  23223

VSB Docket No. 16-032-104870

On March 29, 2016, the Virginia State Bar Third District Committee, Section II, issued a public reprimand to Melvin Lorenzo Todd Jr. for failing to comply with one term of a March 31, 2015, private reprimand with terms that was issued by a subcommittee of the Third District Committee, Section II. The subcommittee found that Todd had violated rules that govern competence, diligence, communication, and declining or terminating representation.

View Todd order (PDF posted 4/13/16)

 

April 1, 2016

James Pearce Brice Jr., Law Office of James P. Brice, Jr., 3500 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Suite 617, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452

VSB Docket No. 15-022-101055

Effective March 25, 2016, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended James Pearce Brice Jr.’s license to practice law for three months, with terms, for violating professional rules that govern confidentiality of information and declining or terminating representation. This was an agreed disposition.

View Brice Order (PDF posted 4/13/16)

 

March 25, 2016

Lori Kellermann Battaile, The Law Office of Lori Kellermann, P.O. Box 5395, Gainesville, Florida 32627-5395

VSB Docket No. 16-000-105304

Effective March 29, 2016, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended Lori Kellermann Battaile’s license to practice law based on the revocation of her license by the Supreme Court of Florida. Kellerman was ordered to appear before the board on April 22, 2016, to show cause why the same discipline that was imposed in Florida should not be imposed in Virginia.

 

March 10, 2016     *

Vinceretta Taylor Chiles, Chiles Law Offices, P.C., P.O. Box 8089, Richmond, Virginia 23223-0089

VSB Docket No. 16-033-097624

On March 8, 2016, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board administratively suspended Vinceretta Taylor Chiles's license to practice law for failure to comply with subpoenas duces tecum.

*On March 16, 2016, Ms. Chiles complied with the subpoena duces tecum and the suspension was lifted.

 

February 25, 2016

Alexander Lee Brown, 5 West Back Street, PO Box 49, Fincastle, VA  24090-0049

VSB Docket No. 16-000-103340

Effective February 17, 2016, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Alexander Lee Brown’s  license to practice law on impairment grounds.

View Brown Order     (PDF Posted 3/22/16)

 

February 24, 2016

Sterling Harrisbe Weaver, Sr., Weaver Law Practice, PLLC, P.O. Box 543, Portsmouth, VA 23705-0543

VSB Docket No. 14-010-099713

On February 19, 2016, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board dismissed charges of misconduct against Sterling Harrisbe Weaver, Sr.

 

February 24, 2016 *  **

Rocco Joseph DeLeonardis Jr., Virginia Law, PLC, 11480 Sunset Hills Rd Ste 120E

Reston, VA 20190

VSB Docket Nos. 13-052-093159 and 13-000-093170

Effective February 19, 2016, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Rocco Joseph DeLeonardis Jr.’s  license to practice law for four years for violating professional rules governing safekeeping property, responsibilities regarding nonlawyer assistants, and misconduct. The board also found that Mr. DeLeonardis violated the Virginia Real Estate Settlement Agents statutes.

View DeLeonardis Order     (PDF Posted 3/22/16)

*On April 5, 2016, Mr. DeLeonardis filed an appeal with the Supreme Court of Virginia.

**On April 21, 2016, Mr. DeLeonardis withdrew his Notice of Appeal and Assignment of Error.

 

February 24, 2016

Gerald Isadore Katz, Gerald Katz, P.C., 2010 Corporate Ridge Suite 700, McLean, Virginia 22102

VSB Docket No. 16-000-103422

On February 9, 2016, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Gerald Isadore Katz’s license to practice law based on the revocation of his license in Maryland. In consenting to the revocation in Virginia, Katz acknowledged that the charges against him were true. His license was summarily suspended on September 24, 2015.

View Katz Order     (PDF Posted 3/22/16)

 

February 11, 2016

Kevin Peter Shea, 34 West Queens Way, Hampton, VA 23669

VSB Docket No. 15-010-102761

On January 27, 2016, the Virginia State Bar’s First District Subcommittee issued a public reprimand to Kevin Peter Shea for violating professional rules that govern competence, diligence, communication, and meritorious claims and contentions. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

View Shea Order     (PDF Posted 2/25/16)

 

February 1, 2016

Kenneth Wayne Paciocco, 9514 Catesby Lane, Richmond, Virginia 23238

VSB Docket Nos. 16-032-103333, 15-032-102936, 15-032-102186 & 15-032-101743

On January 21, 2016, a three-judge panel of the Circuit Court of the City of Richmond revoked Kenneth Wayne Paciocco’s license to practice law for violating professional rules that govern declining or terminating representation, candor toward the tribunal, fairness to opposing party and counsel, unauthorized practice of law; multijurisdictional practice of law, and misconduct.

View Paciocco order (PDF posted 4/13/16)

 

January 21, 2016

John Paul Forest, II, 11350 Random Hills Rd, Suite 700, Fairfax, VA 22030

VSB Docket Nos. 14-052-096717, 14-052-097153

On November 10, 2015, the Virginia State Bar Fifth District Subcommittee issued a public reprimand with terms to John Paul Forest II for violating professional rules that govern diligence and communication. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

View Forest Order     (PDF Posted 2/25/16)

 

January 21, 2016

Bruce Patrick Ganey, 10985 Richardson Road, PO Box 6006, Ashland, Virginia 23005

VSB Docket No. 15-060-101162

On January 6, 2016, the Virginia State Bar Sixth District Subcommittee issued a public reprimand with terms to Bruce Patrick Ganey for violating professional rules that govern diligence and communication. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

View Ganey Order       (PDF Posted 2/25/16)

 

January 12, 2016

Bruce Patrick Ganey, 10985 Richardson Road, PO Box 6006, Ashland, Virginia 23005

VSB Docket No. 15-060-101324

On January 6, 2016, the Virginia State Bar Sixth District Subcommittee issued a public reprimand with terms to Bruce Patrick Ganey for violating professional rules that govern diligence and communication. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

View Ganey Order     (PDF Posted 2/25/16)

 

January 11, 2016

Michelle Warner Waller, Richmond Redevelopment & Housing Authority, 901 Chamberlayne Parkway, Richmond, Virginia 23220

VSB Docket No. 14-033-098480

On December 11, 2015, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board dismissed charges of misconduct against Michelle Warner Waller.

 

 

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