BEFORE THE VIRGINIA STATE BAR DISCIPLINARY BOARD
IN THE MATTER OF
Edward Joseph Hodkinson
VSB Docket # 03-000-2224
ORDER OF REVOCATION
This matter came before the Virginia
State Bar Disciplinary Board for hearing on
February 28, 2003, before a duly convened panel of the Board consisting of Thaddeus T.
Crump, Lay Member, Janipher W. Robinson, David R. Schultz, Robert L. Freed, and Karen A.
Gould, 1st Vice Chair (The Chair), presiding, pursuant to an Order dated January 30, 2003,
requiring Edward Joseph Hodkinson (the Respondent) to appear before this Board to show
by clear and convincing evidence that his license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia
should not be revoked.
Assistant Bar Counsel, Paul D. Georgiadis,
(Bar Counsel) appeared as Counsel for the
Virginia State Bar (the VSB). Respondent failed to appear after the clerk called his name
three times in the hallway outside the courtroom, nor did any counsel appear on his behalf. The
court reporter for the proceeding, Donna T. Chandler, of Chandler and Halasz, Post Office Box
9349, Richmond, Virginia 23227, (804) 730-1222, was duly sworn by the Chair. All legal
notices of the date and place of this hearing were timely sent by the Clerk of the Disciplinary
System in the manner prescribed by law. The Chair polled the Board members and determined
that no member had a conflict of interest.
Upon the exhibits presented by Bar
Counsel on behalf of the VSB and admitted into
evidence as Exhibit 1 and upon argument by Bar Counsel, this Board finds clear and convincing
evidence that: the Respondent was licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia on
April 28, 1988; and the Respondent has been suspended indefinitely from the practice of law in
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts effective December 20, 2002, by an Order of Indefinite
Suspension entered by the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County, Commonwealth of
Massachusetts on November 20, 2002; and, that a suspension for an indefinite period in the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts is the functional equivalent of a Revocation as such term is
defined by Part Six, Section IV, Paragraph 13.A. of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia,
and revocation is the same discipline imposed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
It is hereby ORDERED that, pursuant to Part Six, Section IV, Paragraph 13.I.6 of the
Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia, the license of Respondent to practice law in the
Commonwealth of Virginia shall be, and is hereby, revoked effective February 28, 2003.
It is further ORDERED that, pursuant to Part Six, Section IV, Paragraph 13.M. of the
Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia, Respondent shall forthwith give notice, by certified mail,
return receipt requested, of this revocation of his license to practice law in the Commonwealth
of Virginia to all clients for whom he is currently handling any matters, to all judges and the clerks
of the courts before which Respondent may have any pending cases, and to opposing counsel
in all such cases. Respondent shall also make appropriate arrangements for the disposition of
matters now in his care, in conformity with the directions of his clients.
It is FURTHER ORDERED, that a copy of Rule to Show Cause and Order of
Suspension and Hearing dated January 30, 2003, in this matter be attached to this Order and
made a part hereof.
It is FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk of the Disciplinary System shall mail an
attested and true copy of this order and opinion to Respondent by certified mail, return receipt
requested, at his address of record with the Virginia State Bar, 23 Le Baton Street, Fall River,
Massachusetts 02720-5909; and, hand-delivered to Paul D. Georgiadis, Assistant Bar Counsel,
707 East Main Street, Suite 1500, Richmond, Virginia, 23219-2803.
It is FINALLY ORDERED that the Clerk of the Disciplinary System shall assess costs
pursuant to Part Six, Section IV, Paragraph 13.B.8.c. of the Rules of the Supreme Court of
SO ORDERED, this ____ day of March, 2003
Karen A. Gould, 1st Vice Chair