BEFORE THE VIRGINIA STATE BAR

DISCIPLINARY BOARD





IN THE MATTER OF VSB DOCKET: 02-000-0194

JEFFREY MARTIN LAUB





ORDER





On September 28, 2001, this matter came on for hearing upon the Show Cause Order and Order of Suspension and Hearing, dated September 4, 2001, before a duly convened panel of the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board consisting of John A. Dezio, First Vice-Chair, William C. Boyce, Jr., Donna A. DeCorleto, Joseph R. Lassiter, Jr., and Roscoe B. Stephenson, III.

The Respondent, Jeffrey Martin Laub, did not appear in person, nor was he represented by counsel. Richard E. Slaney, Assistant Bar Counsel, appeared as counsel for the Virginia State Bar. Donna T. Chandler of Chandler & Halasz, P. O. Box 9349, Richmond, Virginia 23227, telephone (804) 730-1222, transcribed the proceedings.

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 order suspension or revocation of 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 Bar introduced into evidence three exhibits: Exh. 1, a criminal information styled, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. JEFFREY LAUB, charging mail fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1341; Exh. 2, a plea agreement dated March 20, 2001 entered into by the Respondent in the said court whereby the Respondent plead guilty to the criminal offense charged by the information; and Exh. 3, the order of said court dated August 6, 2001 convicting the Respondent of the offense as charged. The Respondent admitted in the plea agreement that in his practice of collecting delinquent and defaulted federal student loans under the Federal Family Education Loan Program he had intentionally not reported the collection of $21, 924.20 and had converted this sum to his own uses, resulting in a loss to the guarantee agencies, net of the legal fees to which he would have been entitled, of $16,655.39, and that he had used the U.S. mail to facilitate the fraudulent scheme.

In Respondent's absence from the hearing, the Bar introduced into evidence a letter written by Respondent to the Board asking the Board to consider certain statements during its deliberations. Said letter was admitted into evidence as an exhibit.

Based on the exhibits presented during the hearing, the Board finds by clear and convincing evidence that Respondent upon entry of the guilty plea was convicted a felony involving false and fraudulent representations and larceny in the course of his representation of a client. Upon such finding, the Board ORDERS, pursuant to Part 6, Section IV, paragraph 13(E)(2)(b) of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia, that the license of the Respondent, Jeffrey Martin Laub, should be, and is hereby, revoked, effective September 28, 2001.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, pursuant to the provisions of Part 6, Section IV, paragraph 13(K)(1) of the aforesaid rules, that the Respondent shall forthwith give notice by certified mail, return receipt requested, of his revocation 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 in his care in conformity with the wishes of his clients. Respondent shall give such notices within fourteen (14) days of the effective date of the revocation order and make such arrangements as are required herein within forty-five (45) days of the effective date of the revocation order. The Respondent shall furnish proof to the Bar within sixty (60) days of the effective date of the revocation order that such notices have been timely given and such arrangements for disposition of matters made, all issues concerning adequacy of the notices and arrangements required herein shall be determined by the Disciplinary Board; and

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Respondent shall furnish true copies of all of the notice letters sent to all persons notified of the revocation with original return receipts for such notices to the Clerk of the Disciplinary System on or before November 27, 2001; and

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk of the Disciplinary System send an attested and true copy of this Opinion and Order to the Respondent, Jeffrey Martin Laub, by certified mail, return receipt requested, at his address of record 10615 Millset Seed Hill, Columbia, MD 21044, and to Richard E. Slaney, Assistant Bar Counsel, Virginia State Bar, 707 East Main Street, Suite 1500, Richmond, Virginia 23219-2800.

The Clerk of the Disciplinary System shall assess costs pursuant to Part 6, Section IV, paragraph 13(K)(10) of the aforesaid rules.



ENTERED this ____ day of October, 2001.



VIRGINIA STATE BAR DISCIPLINARY BOARD





By:__________________________________________

John A. Dezio, First Vice-Chair