BEFORE THE VIRGINIA STATE BAR

DISCIPLINARY BOARD



In the Matter of David Thomas Steckler



VSB Docket No. 00-000-1274

ORDER



THIS MATTER came on to be heard on November 17, 2000, before a panel of the Disciplinary Board consisting of William M. Moffet, First Vice-chair, Randy I. Bellows, Chester J. Cahoon, Jr., Robert E. Eicher, and D. Stan Barnhill. The State Bar was represented by Barbara Ann Williams, Esq. The respondent, David Thomas Steckler ("Steckler"), after receiving due notice by certified mailing to the last address provided to the State Bar, failed to appear either in person or by counsel.

This matter came before the Board on a Motion and Notice of Show Cause Proceeding To Further Suspend or Revoke License to Practice Law for Failure to Comply with Rules of Court, Part Six, Section IV, Paragraph 13.

I. Findings of Fact

The Board makes the following findings of fact on the basis of clear and convincing evidence.

1. From April 26, 1983, until July 16, 1999, Steckler was an attorney licensed and in good standing to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

2. On August 13, 1999, a three-judge circuit court panel entered an order suspending Steckler's license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia for a period of one year, effective July 16, 1999.

3. The order required, inter alia, that, pursuant to Paragraph 13(K)(1), Steckler give notice by certified mail, return receipt requested, of the suspension of his license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia, to all clients for whom he was then handling matters; to all opposing counsel; and to all presiding judges in pending litigation.

4. The order also required Steckler to furnish true copies of all the notice

letters sent to the above listed persons, with all of the original certified mail return receipts for

the notice letters, to the Clerk of the Disciplinary System, within forty-five days of the effective

date of the order.

5. On September 1, 1999, the Clerk of the Disciplinary System sent a letter to Steckler, by certified mail, return receipt requested, enclosing a copy of the court's order of August 18, 1999, reminding him of his duties as a suspended attorney under Paragraph 13(K)(1) and providing forms acceptable to the Disciplinary Board for complying with his duties.

6. On October 20, 1999, the Clerk of the Disciplinary System sent a letter to Steckler, by certified mail, return receipt requested, enclosing a copy of her letter to him dated September 1, 1999; setting forth again his duties under Paragraph 13(K)(1) as a suspended attorney; and urging him to fulfill his duties under the rule as soon as possible.

7. On December 9, 1999, a bar complaint alleging that Steckler had failed to comply with the requirements of Paragraph 13(K)(1) was mailed to Steckler's last address of record with the Virginia State Bar and to his counsel before the three-judge panel, Michael L. Rigsby.

8. Steckler did not respond to the bar complaint. Michael L. Rigsby informed the Clerk of the Disciplinary Board and the First Vice Chair of the Disciplinary Board by letters dated October 27, 2000, and November 15, 2000, that he no longer represented Steckler.

9. By letter dated January 5, 2000, the Clerk of the Disciplinary Board advised Steckler that the matter was pending before the Disciplinary Board and had been referred for additional investigation.

10. Steckler failed to furnish proof to the Virginia State Bar on or before October 2, 1999 - forty-five days after the entry of the suspension order - that he gave the notice required under Paragraph 13(K)(1).

II. Nature of Misconduct

The Board finds by clear and convincing evidence that Steckler has failed to comply with Part Six, Section IV, Paragraph 13(K)(1) of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia

III. Disposition

After review of the foregoing findings of misconduct, it is ORDERED that the license to practice law in the Courts of this Commonwealth heretofore issued to Respondent David Thomas Steckler be, and the same hereby is, revoked effective November 17, 2000, and that the name of David Thomas Steckler stricken from the roll of attorneys of this Commonwealth.

Pursuant to Part Six, IV, 13(K)(10) of the Rules of the Virginia Supreme Court, the Clerk of the Disciplinary System shall assess costs.

It is further ORDERED that the Clerk of the Disciplinary System send a copy of this Order to David Thomas Steckler at his address of record with the Virginia State Bar, 1301 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401, by certified mail, return receipt requested, and by regular mail, and that a copy be mailed to Barbara Ann Williams, Bar Counsel, Virginia State Bar, 707 East Main Street, Suite 1500, Richmond, VA.

On November 17, 2000, the Court Reporter reporting this matter was Donna Chandler, at Chandler & Halasz, Registered Professional Reporters, P. O. Box 9349, Richmond, VA 23227, 804/730-1222.

ENTERED this day of December, 2000.

VIRGINIA STATE BAR DISCIPLINARY BOARD

By:

William M. Moffet

First Vice Chair