VIRGINIA:

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE CITY OF NORFOLK


VIRGINIA STATE BAR EX REL

SECOND DISTRICT COMMITTEE-SECTION ONE, SUBCOMMITTEE

Chancery No. CH 02-899

PAUL D. BRADSHER

(VSB Docket No. 00-021-2416)

 

ORDER OF SUSPENSION


This day came the parties, by counsel and pursuant to Virginia Code 54.1-3935 and Part 6, IV, 13(B)(5)c of the Rules of the Virginia Supreme Court, and tendered to the Court this Order of Suspension as the parties have reached an agreed disposition of this matter based upon the following agreed-upon facts and findings:

I. FINDINGS OF FACT

1. During all times relevant hereto, Paul D. Bradsher ("Respondent"), was an attorney licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

2. On the evening of August 8, 1999, Respondent was at his house in the company of Leslie Bronson ("Bronson"), with whom he had been romantically acquainted for approximately two years.

At one point during the evening the defendant became angry with Ms. Bronson and physically assaulted her.

3. As a result of the physical assault by Respondent, Ms. Bronson was admitted to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital complaining of facial pain, and evidencing significant facial trauma that included a fracture of her nose, bilateral facial bruising, scratches and bruises on her back, and multiple bruises consistent with having been gripped or held by force.

4. On March 2, 2000, Respondent entered into a plea agreement allowing Respondent to plead guilty to Virginia Code 18.2-51, unlawful wounding, and Virginia Code 18.2-57, assault and battery. Under the terms, the Court agreed to hold in abeyance its finding of guilt for a period of twelve (12) months while Respondent fulfilled terms of having no contact with victim, abstaining from alcohol and illegal drugs, entering into the LOTS program-Local Offender Treatment and Supervision, entering into and completing in-patient substance abuse program, entering into and completing local anti-domestic violence programming, and submitting to regular alcohol and drug screening.

5. Notwithstanding the Respondent's agreement to said terms, Respondent violated his pre-sentencing probationary status. Based on such violations, the Norfolk Circuit Court sentenced Respondent to serve 90 days in the Norfolk City Jail.

6. On May 4, 2001, the Norfolk Circuit Court entered an order of conviction under Virginia Code 18.2-57, assault and battery, for the August 8, 1999 assault and battery of Leslie Bronson. The Court imposed a twelve (12) month sentence suspended upon good behavior for a period of one year.



II. NATURE OF MISCONDUCT


The following Disciplinary Rule of the Code of Professional Responsibility and Rule of Professional Conduct are deemed to have been violated :


DR 1-102. Misconduct.

(A) A lawyer shall not:

(3) Commit a crime or other deliberately wrongful act that reflects adversely on the lawyer's fitness to practice law.


RULE 8.4 Misconduct

It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to:

III. SUSPENSION OF THIRTY (30) DAYS

Accordingly, the Court hereby suspends the law license of the Respondent, Paul D. Bradsher, to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia for a period of thirty (30) days, effective November 1, 2002.

Pursuant to the provisions of Part Six, Section IV, Paragraph 13M of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia, the Respondent shall forthwith give Notice by Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested, of the suspension of his license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia, to all clients for whom he is currently handling matters and to all opposing attorneys and presiding judges in pending litigation. The Respondent shall also make appropriate arrangements for the disposition of matters now in his care in conformity with the wishes of his clients. The Respondent shall give such notice within fourteen (14) days of the effective date of this order and make such arrangements as are required herein within forty-five (45) days of the effective date of this order.

Respondent shall also furnish proof to the Clerk of the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary System within sixty (60) days of the effective date of this order that such notices have been timely given and such arrangement for the disposition of matters made. Issues concerning the adequacy of the notice and arrangements required herein shall be determined by the Disciplinary

Board, which may impose a sanction of Revocation or additional Suspension for failure to so comply.

Pursuant to Part Six, IV, 13 B8 c.(1) of the Rules of the Supreme Court, the Clerk of the Disciplinary System shall assess costs.

A copy teste of this Order shall be mailed by Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested, to the Respondent, Paul D. Bradsher, at his last address of record with the Virginia State Bar, 932 Gates Avenue, Norfolk, Virginia 23517-1621.

A copy teste of this Order shall be mailed by First Class U.S. Mail to Respondent's counsel, Joseph A. Pennington, Esquire, Joseph A. Pennington & Associates, P.C., Wainwright Building, Ste. 630, 229 West Bute Street, Norfolk, Virginia, 23510, and to Assistant Bar Counsel Paul D. Georgiadis, Virginia State Bar, Eighth & Main Building, Suite 1500, 707 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219-2800.

There being nothing further to be done herein, it is ORDERED that this matter be, and the same is, stricken from the docket and placed among the ended causes.

ENTER: / /



H. Vincent Conway, Jr.
Chief Judge Designate



Benjamin A. Williams, Jr.
Judge Designate

 

N. Westcott Jacob Judge Designate

We Ask for This :



_________________________p.q.

Paul D. Georgiadis
Assistant Bar Counsel



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Joseph A. Pennington