V I R G I N I A:



BEFORE THE VIRGINIA STATE BAR DISCIPLINARY BOARD



IN THE MATTER OF VSB Docket: 03-000-0585

ANTHONY JOSEPH CORIZZI



ORDER OF REVOCATION

This cause came to be heard the 27th day of September, 2002, on a Rule to Show Cause and Order of Suspension entered by the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board on August 29, 2002. The August 29, 2002, Order required the Respondent to appear before the Board on September 27, 2002, "to show cause why his license to practice law within the Commonwealth of Virginia should not be further suspended or revoked."

On September 27, 2002, this cause was heard by a duly convened panel of the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board composed of Richard J. Colten, Acting Chair, Thaddeus T. Crump, Roscoe B. Stephenson, III, Larry B. Kirksey, and H. Taylor Williams, IV. Seth M. Guggenheim, Assistant Bar Counsel, appeared as counsel for the Virginia State Bar ("VSB"). Anthony Joseph Corizzi ("Respondent") failed to appear.

The Chair opened the hearing by polling the Board members to ascertain whether any member had a conflict of interest that would preclude him from serving. There were no conflicts, and the hearing proceeded as scheduled.

The Virginia State Bar Exhibits 1 and 2 were admitted into evidence, without objection. Respondent did not submit any exhibits.

All procedural requirements have been complied with in terms of notification of the opportunity to be heard. Paragraph 13(G) of Part 6, IV, of the Rules of the Virginia Supreme Court governing Hearings Following Disbarment or Suspension in Another Jurisdiction, provides in relevant part that : "[T]he Board shall forthwith serve upon the Respondent by certified mail (a) a copy of such certificate, (b) a copy of such order, (c) a notice fixing the time and place of a hearing to determine what action should be taken by the Board." Allison Brown, Assistant Clerk of the Virginia State Bar, testified that a certified letter dated August 29, 2002, together with attachments from the Clerk of the Disciplinary System was mailed by certified mail to Respondent at his address of record maintained with the Virginia State Bar, and that the certified mailing was returned marked "unclaimed." Ms. Brown also testified that the Respondent had not filed an answer and had not communicated with the Virginia State Bar Clerk's Office.

The burden of proof was on Respondent in this show cause proceeding to show cause why his license to practice law within the Commonwealth of Virginia should not be further suspended or revoked. Respondent failed to put on any proof or argument that his license should not be suspended or revoked.

The evidence produced at the hearing was that Respondent had been disbarred from the practice of law in the District of Columbia effective July 25, 2002, by order entered by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Please see Virginia State Bar Exhibit No. 1. A number of ethical violations had been proved against Respondent in that proceeding, including the following: subordination of perjury by a client; failure to advise a client of a settlement offer; making false statements to Bar counsel; making false statements to opposing counsel; making false statements to a court regarding representation of a client. James Dooley, an investigator with the Virginia State Bar, was called as a witness. Mr. Dooley testified that all matters regarding Respondent in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals were now closed and no appeals had been noted.

Respondent's prior disciplinary record was a dismissal with terms imposed on October 1, 1996.


Counsel for the VSB requested that Respondent's license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia be revoked.

Upon consideration of the matters before this panel of the Disciplinary Board, it is hereby found that Respondent was disbarred from the practice of law by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and therefore that his license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia should be revoked. Now, therefore,

It is ORDERED pursuant to Part 6, IV, 13 of the Rules of the Supreme Court, that the license of Respondent, Anthony Joseph Corizzi, to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia be, and the same hereby is, revoked; and it is

FURTHER ORDERED that pursuant to the provisions of Part 6, IV, 13(K)(1) of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia, as applicable, Respondent shall forthwith give notice by certified mail, return receipt requested, of the revocation of his license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia to any and all clients for whom he is currently handling matters and to all opposing counsel and presiding judges in any pending litigation in which he is involved. Respondent shall make appropriate arrangements, as applicable, for the disposition of matters then in his care conforming to the wishes of his clients.

Respondent shall give notice within fourteen days of the effective date of the revocation order, and shall make such arrangements as are required herein within forty-five days of the effective date of the revocation order; and it is

FURTHER ORDERED that Respondent, Anthony Joseph Corizzi, shall, as appropriate, furnish to the Clerk of the Disciplinary System, within sixty days of the effective date of the revocation order, true copies of all letters noticing the revocation of his license to practice law, with the original return receipts for said notice letters, and shall furnish proof, as appropriate, that arrangements for the disposition of matters within his care have been made; and it is

FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk of the Disciplinary System send an attested and true copy of this Opinion and Order to Respondent, Anthony Joseph Corizzi, by certified mail, return receipt requested, at his address of record with the Virginia State Bar, and to Barbara Williams, Bar Counsel, Virginia State Bar, 707 East Main Street, Suite 1500, Richmond, Virginia, 23219.

Tracy J. Stroh was the reporter for the hearing and transcribed the proceedings. Her address and telephone number is: Chandler & Halasz, P. O. Box 9349, Richmond, VA 23227, (804)730-1222.

The Clerk of the Disciplinary System shall assess costs pursuant to Part 6, §IV, ¶13(K)(10) of the Rules of the Virginia Supreme Court.

ENTER THIS ORDER THIS ______ DAY OF OCTOBER, 2002.

VIRGINIA STATE BAR DISCIPLINARY BOARD



By_____________________________________________

Richard J. Colten, Acting Chair