On August 23, 2002 this matter came on for hearing on a Rule to Show Cause and Order of Suspension and Hearing ("Rule to Show Cause") entered by the Board on July 25, 2002. The hearing was held this day before a duly convened panel of the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board consisting of Karen A. Gould, 2nd Vice-Chair, presiding, and James L. Banks, Jr., Bruce T. Clark, Theophlise L. Twitty, and V. Max Beard, Lay Member. The Clerk of the Disciplinary System sent all notices required by law.The Respondent, Chris McKinney Evans ("Respondent" or "Mr. Evans") failed to appear, having been given due notice of the time and place of the hearing. Noel D. Sengel, Esquire, Senior Assistant Bar Counsel, appeared for the Virginia State Bar. Donna T. Chandler, P.O. Box 9349, Richmond, VA 23227, 804-730-1222, was the reporter for the hearing and having been duly sworn, transcribed the proceedings. The Chair opened the hearing by polling all members of the panel as to whether there existed any conflict or other reason why any member should not sit on the panel. Each, including the Chair, responded in the negative.
This proceeding arises under Part 6, Section IV, paragraph 13(E) of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia, and its purpose is for the Board to determine whether to further suspend or revoke the Respondent's license as a result of Respondent's felony conviction entered by the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.
The Virginia State Bar filed two exhibits that were received and accepted into the record without objection. The Bar presented other evidence by a witness testifying ore tenus.
The Board unanimously finds, by clear and convincing evidence the following facts:At all times relevant to this matter Respondent, Chris McKinney Evans, Esquire has been an attorney licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia.By a Plea Agreement filed in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, Northern Division, the Respondent pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §1956(a)(3)(B).Respondent's guilty plea was accepted and judgment was entered against him on the above-mentioned count on February 8, 2002. Respondent has been released on bond and currently awaits sentencing. There are other criminal charges pending against Respondent in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California and a warrant has been issued for his arrest on those indictments. Upon entry of the guilty plea Respondent was convicted of a felony involving money laundering. Said felony is a crime as defined by the Rules of Court, Part 6, Section IV, Paragraph 13(A).
After the Board made its findings on the above matter, the Bar presented evidence of Respondent's previous disciplinary record and made further argument for sanctions. After reviewing all of the exhibits and evidence presented, the Board finds that Respondent's felony conviction represents the commission of criminal acts that reflect adversely on his fitness to practice law. Therefore, the Board has before it Respondent's admission to and subsequent conviction on a serious federal felony criminal matter involving money laundering. The Board concludes that revocation of Respondent's license to practice law is the appropriate sanction under the circumstances. Accordingly, it is ORDERED that the license to practice law in the Courts of this Commonwealth heretofore issued to CHRIS McKINNEY EVANS, Esquire, be and the same is hereby REVOKED, effective August 23, 2002.It is FURTHER ORDERED that, as directed in the Board's August 23, 2002 Summary Order in this matter, a copy of which was served on Respondent by certified mail, Respondent must comply with the requirements of Part 6, Section IV, Paragraph 13.K (1), of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia. The time for compliance with said requirements runs from the August 23, 2002 effective date of the Summary Order. The Board shall determine all issues concerning the adequacy of the notice and arrangements required by the Summary Order. It is FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk of the Disciplinary System send an attested and true copy of this Order of Revocation to Respondent, Chris McKinney Evans, Suite 102, 4115 Annandale Road, Annandale, VA 22003 and to Noel D. Sengel, Senior Assistant Bar Counsel, Virginia State Bar, 100 North Pitt Street, Suite 310, Alexandria, Virginia 22314-3133. 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 ___________, 2002VIRGINIA STATE BAR DISCIPLINARY BOARDBy: _______________________________________ Karen A. Gould, 2nd Vice-Chair