BEFORE THE VIRGINIA STATE BAR DISCIPLINARY BOARD
IN THE MATTER OF
Harvey L. Lasky
VSB Docket # 03-000-2355
ORDER OF SUSPENSION
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 the Order dated February 5, 2003,
requiring Harvey L. Lasky (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 suspended for six months.
Assistant Bar Counsel, Richard E.
Slaney, (Bar Counsel) appeared as Counsel for the
Virginia State Bar (the VSB). The 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 Exhibits 1 and upon argument by Bar Counsel, this Board finds by clear and
convincing evidence that the Respondent was licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of
Virginia on September, 12, 1968; and the Respondent has been suspended from the practice of
law in New Jersey for a period of six months effective November 25, 2002, by an order entered
by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.
It is hereby ORDERED that, pursuant
to Part Six, Section IV, Paragraph 13.I.6.a. 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, suspended for six months effective February
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 suspension 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 wishes of his clients.
It is FURTHER ORDERED, that a copy
of the Rule to Show Cause and Order of
Suspension and Hearing dated February 5, 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 the Respondent by certified mail, return receipt
requested, at his address of record with the Virginia State Bar, 26201 Lost Horse Lane,
Brooksville, Florida 34601-6407; and, to Richard E. Slaney, 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,
Karen A. Gould, 1st Vice Chair