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Disciplinary Actions Taken by the
Virginia State Bar

January 2005 – June 2005

(Except for agreed dispositions, disciplinary actions imposed by a District Committee remain subject to appeal for 10 days after notice of the determination is mailed to the Respondent.)

(Except for agreed dispositions, disciplinary actions imposed by the Disciplinary Board remain subject to appeal for 30 days after the Memorandum Order is served on the Respondent.)

archives

updated 05/12/2006

 


 

June 27, 2005

David Ashley Grant Nelson, 150 David Bruce Avenue, P,O. Box 249, Charlotte Court House, VA 23923

VSB Docket No. 05-090-1665

On June 24, 2005, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended David Ashley Grant Nelson's license to practice law for partial compliance with a bar subpoena duces tecum.

 

June 27, 2005

Jimmie Ray Lawson, II, 2712 Virginia Avenue, Collinsville, Virginia 24078

VSB Docket Nos. 04-090-1935, 04-090-2047, 04-090-2850, 04-090-3059, 05-090-2261,

05-090-2478, 05-090-2629, 05-090-2942, 05-090-2990 and 05-090-3184

On June 24, 2005, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Jimmie Ray Lawson II's license to practice law. The board found that he repeatedly lied to clients, employees, and the bar; repeatedly stole client funds; unsuccessfully invested client funds in businesses he was involved with without client consent; wrongfully obtained mortgage funds through a series of fraudulent mortgages; and forged documents.  The board also found that Mr. Lawson commingled funds in his trust account and did not keep trust account records.

go to opinion (pdf posted 8/4/05)

 

June 22, 2005

James A. Winstead, Esq., 308 Mapleshore Drive, Chesapeake, VA23320-6920

VSB Docket Nos. 04-010-0286, 04-010-2139, 04-010-2475 and 04-010-1781

On June 21, 2005, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended James A. Winstead's license to practice law for three years. In several cases, Mr. Winstead failed to deposit advance fees into his trust account, failed to maintain appropriate trust account records, and failed to reasonably communicate with his clients. In one case, he demonstrated a lack of diligence by missing a court deadline. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges. Mr. Winstead also agreed not to return to the practice of law following the suspension.

go to opinion (pdf posted 6/29/05)

 

June 16, 2005 

Paul Christian Stamm, Jr., Esquire, P.O. Box 2015, Kilmarnock, VA 22482-2015

VSB Docket No. 04-060-3232

The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board on June 14, 2005, approved an agreed disposition imposing a public reprimand upon Paul Christian Stamm Jr. for failing to fulfill his fiduciary duties as trustee of an inter vivos trust.

go to opinion (pdf posted 6/29/05)

 

June 16, 2005

Dorothea J. Peters, Esquire, 1427 Powhatan Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314-1343

VSB Docket No. 04-042-1688

On May 27, 2005, the Virginia State Bar Fourth District Committee, Section II, issued a public reprimand with terms to Dorathea J. Peters.  This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges related to neglect of a client matter, trust account violations, and failure to respond to a lawful demand for information during investigation of a bar complaint.

go to opinion (pdf posted 6/16/05)

 

June 1, 2005

Dion Francis Richardson, Allied Arts Building, Ste. 15B, 725 Church Street, Lynchburg, VA 24504

VSB Docket No. 05-090-1878

On May 31, 2005, a Virginia State Bar Ninth District Committee issued a public reprimand to Dion Francis Richardson. A subcommittee found that after he failed to serve a personal injury lawsuit on defendants within a year after a suit was filed, he took a voluntary nonsuit of the case without consulting with his client. Mr. Richardson then did not refile and serve the lawsuit as required by law. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

go to opinion (pdf posted 6/2/05)

 

May 31, 2005  *

Albert Raoul Coll,  55 Washington Street, Newport RI 02840

VSB Docket Number 05-000-4245

On May 26, 2005, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Albert Raoul Coll's license to practice law because on March 15, 2005, he pleaded guilty in the United States District Court for Rhode Island to a criminal information charging him with a violation of a federal law. He admitted that he knowingly misrepresented to United States officials that the purpose of a visit to Cuba was to visit his sick aunt, when he was visiting his girlfriend. On June 24, 2005, the board will consider whether Mr. Coll's license should be suspended or revoked.

*On June 24, 2005, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Mr. Coll's license to practice law for one hour commencing on May 26, 2005 from 12:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.

go to opinion (posted 7/13/05)

 

 

May 24, 2005

Jeffrey Ellis Gonzalez-Perez, 2111 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 700, Arlington, Virginia 22201

VSB Docket No. 04-041-1164

On May 20, 2005, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Jeffrey Ellis Gonzalez-Perez's license to practice law for two years. Mr. Gonzalez-Perez failed to promptly refund unearned fees to his client; failed to respond to a bar complaint; and made a false statement to a Virginia State Bar investigator. In addition, the board found that Mr. Gonzalez-Perez held himself out as an attorney authorized to practice law during a time when his license to practice law was administratively suspended.

go to opinion (pdf posted 6/22/05)

 

May 23, 2005

Gerald Manly Bowen, 3174 Kirkwell Place, Herndon, VA 22076 3309

VSB Docket No. 05-000-3792

On May 20, 2005, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Gerald Manly Bowen's license to practice law after he failed to comply with a board order.

go to opinion (pdf posted 6/22/05)

 

May 19, 2005

HUNTER B. CHAPMAN,  14115 LOVER'S LANE, SUITE 110, CULPEPER, VA 22701

VSB Docket No. 03-070-2631

On May 12, 2005, the Virginia State Bar's Seventh District Committee issued a public admonition with terms to Hunter B. Chapman. The committee found he did not meet his professional and fiduciary responsibilities in a real estate settlement matter. He did not follow the lender's settlement instructions and improperly disbursed funds, did not use a Virginia State Bar approved bank for his escrow account, and did not inform his clients of pertinent facts. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges against Mr. Chapman.

go to opinion (pdf posted 5/20/05)

 

May 13, 2005

David Charles Dickey, P.O. Box 218 Stanardsville, VA 22973-0218

VSB Docket No. 04-070-2582

On May 12, 2005, the Disciplinary Board, by agreement, imposed a public reprimand with terms against David Charles Dickey. Mr. Dickey represented a client in the purchase of unimproved land. He failed to pay off the seller's delinquent real estate taxes and a judgment lien on the property and failed to tell his client about these encumbrances. When the client discovered the encumbrances and tried to contact Mr. Dickey, he failed to return the client's phone calls. Mr. Dickey also failed to reconcile his trust account on a regular basis.

go to opinion (pdf posted 5/17/05)

 

May 3, 2005 *

James Anthony Granoski, 8207 Doctor Craik Court, Alexandria, Virginia 22306

VSB Docket No. 05-000-3904

On April 29, 2005, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended James Anthony Granoski's license to practice law in Virginia.  The action was based on an order of the Supreme Court of Florida suspending Mr. Granoski's license to practice in Florida for ten days. The Florida misconduct charges included concealment of evidence; failure to respond to a bar inquiry; failure to respond to a bar inquiry in writing; violation or attempted violation of bar rules; conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation; and conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice.  Mr. Granoski was ordered to appear before the board on May 20, 2005, to show cause why the same discipline should not be imposed in Virginia.

*On May 20, 2005, a panel of the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Mr. Granoski's license to practice law in Virginia for 10 days , effective April 29, 2005.

 

April 27, 2005

Nicholas Astor Pappas,  411 Chatham Square Office Park, Fredericksburg, VA 22405

VSB Docket No. 03-060-1064

On April 22, 2005, a panel of the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board dismissed all charges of misconduct against Nicholas Astor Pappas.   One case was continued until July 22, 2005.

 

April 20, 2005 *

Patrick Earl Bailey, 8908 Bluffwood Lane, Fort Washington, Maryland 20744

VSB Docket No. 03-010-3435

On April 19, 2005, a three-judge panel of the Fairfax County Circuit Court suspended Patrick Earl Bailey's law license for three years. The panel found that Mr. Bailey violated a Rule of Professional Conduct that provides that an applicant for admission to the bar shall not knowingly make a false statement of material fact on his application.

*On November 9, 2005 Mr. Bailey filed an appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court.

go to opinion (pdf posted 12/7/05)

 

April 20, 2005 *  **  *** ****

William P. Robinson, Jr., 256 West Freemason Street, Norfolk, VA 23510-1221

VSB Docket Nos. 02-022-1192, 02-022-1801 and 02-022-1876

Norfolk Circuit Court Case No. CL04-2184

On April 19, 2005, a three judge panel of the Circuit Court for the City of Norfolk suspended the law license of William P. Robinson for 90 days, effective August 1, 2005. The panel found Mr. Robinson's failure to appear in court on his clients' behalf in three different cases constituted conduct intended to disrupt a tribunal and that in each case Mr. Robinson misrepresented why he failed to appear in court.

go to opinion (pdf posted 6/9/05)

*On June 10, 2005, Mr. Robinson filed an appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court.

**On July 11, 2005, the Virginia Supreme Court stayed the suspension.

***On October 6, 2005, the Virginia Supreme Court dismissed Mr. Robinson's appeal, and on November 10, 2005, that court denied his motion for reconsideration.

****On February 8, 2006, the circuit court set April 1, 2006, as the effective date for Mr. Robinson's 90 day suspension.

go to Robinson order (pdf posted 3/23/06)

go to Robinson order (pdf posted 4/19/06)

April 19, 2005

William P. Robinson, Jr., 256 West Freemason Street, Norfolk, VA 23510-1221

VSB Docket No. 03-022-3450

On April 18, 2005, a three judge panel of the Circuit Court for the City of Norfolk  reprimanded William P. Robinson for failing to handle two criminal appeals to the Supreme Court of Virginia in a prompt and diligent manner. Each appeal was dismissed because Mr. Robinson failed to comply with a filing deadline. Mr. Robinson helped each client obtain a delayed appeal. The court dismissed charges that Mr. Robinson failed to competently and promptly handle a third appeal.

go to opinion (pdf posted 6/22/05)

 

April 19, 2005

Todd Jay French , 4209 Fitzhugh Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23230

VSB Docket Nos. 05-033-2803 and 05-033-2615

On April 18, 2005, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Todd Jay French's license to practice law for failure to respond to a bar subpoena duces tecum.

 

April 19, 2005

Jeffrey Carl Constantz, 2020 N. Roosevelt Street,  Arlington, Virginia 22205

VSB Docket No. 02-041-1804

On April 15, 2005, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended the law license of Jeffrey Carl Constantz for sixty days. Mr. Constantz, a former bank president, was found by the Fairfax County Circuit Court in a civil case to have committed fraud against the bank and to have breached fiduciary duties in connection with extensions of credit to a bank customer. While his appeal from the court's ruling was pending, Mr. Constantz settled the matter with the opposing parties. In approving the suspension, the board took into consideration that Mr. Constantz had no prior disciplinary record, he was cooperative toward the bar proceedings, and he had been subject to other penalties or sanctions for the misconduct. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges against Mr. Constantz.

go to opinion (pdf posted 4/22/05)

 

April 14, 2005

Audrey Freeman Jacobs, 2214 East Marshall Street, Richmond, Virginia 23223-7059

VSB Docket No. 05-032-0961

After a public hearing on April 8, 2005, the Virginia State Bar Third District Committee, Section II, imposed a public admonition with terms on Audrey Freeman Jacobs for violations involving lack of competence and diligence arising from her service as an administrator of a small family estate.   Ms. Jacobs failed to meet deadlines for filing an inventory and accountings. She is required to complete the administration of the estate and close it with the approval of the commissioner of accounts by a set date, set up a tickler system and take continuing legal education.

go to opinion (pdf posted 5/17/05)

 

April 14, 2005

Neil Edward Motter, P.O. Box 132, Brandy Station, VA 22714-0132

VSB Docket No. 03-070-3619

On April 12, 2005, on motion of bar counsel, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board dismissed all charges of misconduct against Neil Edward Motter .

 

April 8, 2005

Gerald Arthur Dechow, 7603 Weeping Willow Circle, Sarasota, FL  34241

 VSB Docket No. 03-080-1718

On March 30, 2005, on motion of bar counsel, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board dismissed all charges of misconduct against Gerald A. Dechow

 

March 30, 2005

In the Matter of Donald Arnold Denton, 4702 Wistar Road, Richmond, VA 23228-2505

VSB Docket No. 05-032-0997

On March 30, 2005, the Virginia State Bar Third District Committee, Section II, issued a public reprimand with terms to Donald Arnold Denton. In a child custody case, Mr. Denton failed to appear for a hearing and failed to obtain leave of court to withdraw. Other violations included lack of diligence, intentional failure to carry out a contract of employment, failure to deposit funds intact to a trust account, knowingly disobeying a standing rule or a ruling of a tribunal made in the course of a proceeding, and committing a crime or deliberately wrongful act. This was an agreed disposition of the misconduct charges.

go to opinion (pdf posted 4/8/05)

 

March 29, 2005* ** *** ****

George Albert Bates, P. O. Box 562, Keswick, VA 22947

VSB Docket No. 04-000-3675

On March 25, 2005, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked George Albert Bates's license to practice law. Mr. Bates was convicted in April 2002 of malicious wounding, a felony, for which he was sentenced to a prison term.

go to opinion (pdf posted 4/14/05)

*On May 9, 2005, Mr. Bates filed an appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court.

**On August 10, 2005 Mr. Bates filed a motion to amend the assignments of error and for an extension of time.

***On August 30, 2005, the Virginia Supreme Court denied the motions and dismissed the appeal.

****On November 10, 2005, the Virginia Supreme Court denied Mr. Bates petition for rehearing.

 

March 29, 2005

Lawrence Raymond Morton, 17850 Curtis Drive, Dumfries, VA 22026

VSB Docket No. 04-053-1980

On March 25, 2005, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board imposed a public
reprimand with terms on Lawrence Raymond Morton. The board found that Mr. Morton failed to respond to interrogatories in a worker's compensation matter and failed to respond to the Worker's Compensation Commission's directives. These failures resulted in dismissal of the client's claim. Mr. Morton also did not advise his client of the status of the matter and that the matter had been dismissed. Mr. Morton, whose license to practice law is currently suspended for misconduct in a different matter, must hire a law-office management consultant if he resumes practice. If he does not comply, his license will be revoked.

go to opinion (pdf posted 4/8/05)

 

March 28, 2005

William Mark Russell, P.O. Box 894, Shelbyville, TN 37162

VSB Docket No: 05-000-2818

On March 25, 2005, on motion of bar counsel, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board dismissed a show cause action against William Mark Russell. Mr. Russell's Virginia license remains suspended on other grounds.

 

March 25, 2005

Gary Blane Vanover , P.O. Box 890, Clintwood, VA 24228-0890

VSB Docket No. 05-000-0450

On March 25, 2005, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Gary Blane Vanover's license to practice law on disability grounds.

go to opinion (pdf posted 4/6/05)

 

March 25, 2005

David Nash Payne , 1326 Chesapeake Avenue, Hampton, VA 23661

VSB Docket No.05-000-2817

On March 25, 2005, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked the law license of David Nash Payne for failing to notify clients of a previous suspension of his license.

go to opinion (pdf posted 4/6/05)

 

March 23, 2005

Neil Kuchinsky, 200 Lakeview Avenue, P.O. Box 125, Colonial Heights, Virginia 23834-0125

VSB Docket No. 04-031-2721

On March 23, 2005, a panel of the Virginia State Bar Third District Committee, Section I, dismissed charges of misconduct against Neil Kuchinsky.

 

March 21, 2005 * ** *** **** *****

Bradley Glenn Pollack, 148 North Main Street, Woodstock, VA 22664

VSB Docket Nos. 02-070-1010, 02-070-3093, 02-070-3767

On March 14, 2005, a three-judge panel of the Shenandoah Circuit Court suspended Bradley Glenn Pollack's license to practice law for two years, effective March 25, 2005, because of misconduct in civil and criminal cases.

 *On March 25, 2005, the Virginia Supreme Court stayed the suspension pending appeal.

**On June 24, 2005, Mr. Pollack filed an appeal with the Virginia Supreme Court.

***On November 22, 2005, the Virginia Supreme Court dismissed the appeal.

****On January 25, 2006, the Virginia Supreme Court denied a rehearing of the matter.

*****On May 4, 2006, the circuit court set May 4, 2006 as the effective date of the two year suspension.

 

go to opinion (pdf posted 6/9/05)

 

March 21, 2005

Arnold Reginald Henderson, V, Suite 102, 116 East Franklin Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219

VSB Docket No. 04-032-2883

On March 18, 2005, the Virginia State Bar Third District Committee, Section II, issued a public reprimand with terms to Arnold Reginald Henderson V for misconduct related to the representation of a client in a criminal case. The committee found that Mr. Henderson did not respond to the bar's demands for information in a disciplinary matter, practiced law while his license was suspended, failed to maintain sufficiently detailed trust account records, and failed to account for funds paid to him by his client. When the representation ended, Mr. Henderson failed to pay unearned fees and failed to return the client's file as requested. This was an agreed disposition of the misconduct charges.

go to opinion (pdf posted 3/22/05)

 

March 16, 2005 * **

Thomas Kenneth Plofchan, Jr., Plofchan & Associates, Suite 320, 46175 Westlake Drive, Sterling, VA 20165

VSB Docket No. 02-070-0225

On March 15, 2005, a three-judge panel in the Circuit Court for Loudon County dismissed all charges against Thomas K. Plofchan, Jr. on the ground that the proceeding was barred by a two year statute of limitations.

*On March 18, 2005 the Virginia State Bar filed a petition for reconsideration with the Loudoun County Circuit Court.

**On March 28, 2005, the three judge panel denied the motion for reconsideration.

go to opinion (pdf posted 4/22/05)

 

March 11, 2005

Oliver Stuart Chalifoux, 3524 Mayland Court, Richmond, VA 23233

VSB Docket Nos. 04-033-1180, 04-033-3078, 05-033-0422, 05-033-0852, 05-033-2062, 05-033-2247, 05-033-2924

On March 10, 2005, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Oliver Stuart Chalifoux's license to practice law. Mr. Chalifoux consented to the revocation and admitted the material facts in seven pending misconduct cases. The charges included lack of diligence, lack of proper communication, failure to withdraw, failure to return funds, failure to return files, and failure to respond to the bar's requests for information.

 

March 10, 2005

Neil Edward Motter,  P.O. Box 132, Brandy Station, VA 22714-0132

VSB Docket No. 01-070-2416

On March 8, 2005, the Virginia State Bar's Seventh District Committee publicly reprimanded Neil Edward Motter. On March 30, 2004, Mr. Motter, faced with misconduct charges for failing to return a file to a client in a criminal case, agreed to comply with certain terms, after which the committee would admonish him. However, he did not comply — he failed to take four additional hours of continuing legal education, and he did not document to the bar that he had returned the file. The committee subsequently imposed a public reprimand, as required by the original agreement.

go to opinion (pdf posted 3/17/05)

 

March 9, 2005

John Fredrick McGarvey, 320 West Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia 23220-4257

VSB Docket Nos. 04-033-2735, 04-033-2736, 05-033-2297, 05-033-3134

On March 4, 2005, the Virginia State Bar's Third District Committee, Section II, imposed a public reprimand with terms on John Fredrick McGarvey for failing to diligently pursue appeals in the Supreme Court of Virginia and the Virginia Court of Appeals. The cases included five appeals that were dismissed for failure to include assignments of error, one dismissed for failure to file a petition for appeal, and one dismissed for failure to file a transcript by the court's deadline. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges against Mr. McGarvey.

go to opinion (pdf posted 3/21/05)

 

March 8, 2005

John E. Hamilton, Jr., 198 Crowder Point Drive, Reedville, VA 22539

VSB Docket No. 04-060-3379

On March 7, 2005, the Sixth District Committee publicly reprimanded John E. Hamilton, Jr. for failing to handle a court appointed client's appeal in a diligent manner, failing to communicate with his client, and ceasing to pursue his client's appellate rights without seeking leave of court to withdraw as counsel of record. This was an agreed disposition of disciplinary charges against Mr. Hamilton.

go to opinion (pdf posted 3/17/05)

 

March 8, 2005

David Mayer Hill, 10207 North Hampton Lane, Fredericksburg, VA 22408

VSB Docket No. 04-060-3188

On March 7, 2005, the Sixth District Committee issued a public reprimand with terms to David Mayer Hill. Mr. Hill accepted a fee of $1,000 in August 1998 to handle a traffic case. He did not provide any legal services and did not refund the fee. The terms require Mr. Hill to change his bar membership status from active to retired/disabled and to refund the $1,000. This was an agreed disposition of disciplinary charges against Mr. Hill.

go to opinion (pdf posted 3/17/05)

 

March 4, 2005

Joseph Albert Christian Synan, 101 Lafayette Boulevard, P. O. Box 8448, Fredericksburg, VA 22404-8448

VSB Docket No. 04-060-3682

On March 3, 2005, the Sixth District Committee issued a public admonition to Joseph Albert Christian Synan for failing to file a court appointed client's petition for appeal of a criminal conviction to the Supreme Court of Virginia in a timely manner.

go to opinion (pdf posted 3/17/05)

 

March 4, 2005 * **

Denny Pat Dobbins,  P.O. Box 1442, Chesapeake, VA  23327

VSB Docket No. 04-010-1580

On March 3, 2005, after a public hearing, a panel of the Virginia State Bar's First District Committee issued a public reprimand to Denny Pat Dobbins. The panel found Mr. Dobbins attempted to charge an unreasonable fee, failed to adequately explain his fee to his client, failed to give his client a reasonable opportunity to seek independent advice before taking security interests in the client's property, failed to adequately supervise his non-lawyer employee, committed a wrongful act adversely reflecting on his fitness to practice and misrepresented to his client the purpose of the security interest he took.

go to opinion (pdf posted 3/17/05)

*On March 28, 2005, Mr. Dobbins filed an appeal with the Disciplinary Board.  The public reprimand is stayed pending the appeal.

**On April 12, 2005, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board affirmed the public reprimand.

go to opinion (pdf posted 4/14/05)

 

February 25, 2005

Cara Lynn Romanzo, 25454 Chambers Drive, Chantilly, VA 20152

VSB Docket Number 04-052-2544

On February 23, 2005, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Cara Lynn Romanzo's license to practice law for thirty days, effective retroactively to February 2, 2005. During late 2003 and early 2004, Romanzo practiced law while her license was administratively suspended. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges against Romanzo.

go to opinion (pdf posted 3/1/05)

 

February 23, 2005

Bradley R. Coury, 6870 Elm Street, Suite 200, McLean, VA 22101

VSB Docket No. 03-053-1165

On February 15, 2005, a three-judge panel in Fairfax County Circuit Court imposed a public reprimand with terms upon Bradley R. Coury for his handling of an immigration matter. The judges found that Mr. Coury's fee agreement contained ethically impermissible provisions and that he failed to deposit advanced fees in his attorney trust account, failed to account to the client for the fees he charged, and failed to provide competent representation. Under the terms of the reprimand, Mr. Coury must hire a law-office management consultant and make a partial fee refund to the client. If he does not comply, his license could be suspended for sixty days. This is an agreed disposition of misconduct charges against Mr. Coury.

go to opinion (pdf posted 3/21/05)

 

February 10, 2005

Jimmie Ray Lawson, II, 2712 Virginia Avenue, P. O. Box 478, Collinsville, VA 24078

VSB Docket Nos. 04-090-1935, 04-090-2047, 04-090-2850, 04-090-3095

On February 8, 2005, the Virginia State Disciplinary Board summarily suspended Jimmie Ray Lawson II's license to practice law. Mr. Lawson is the subject of a receivership order issued by the Henry County Circuit Court and misconduct charges are pending against him before the board.

 

February 8, 2005

Danny Shelton Shipley

1st VA Bank Tower, Suite 1410, 555 East Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510-2213

VSB Docket No. 04-021-2465

On January 28, 2005, a subcommittee of the Virginia State Bar's Second District Committee, Section I, issued a public admonition to Danny Shelton Shipley for failing to perfect a criminal appeal for a court-appointed client, and failing to communicate with the client about it. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges against Mr. Shipley.

go to opinion (pdf posted 2/10/05)

 

February 8, 2005

Spencer Dean Ault,  Young & Ault, 15 Loudoun Street, SW, Suite C, Leesburg, VA 20175

VSB Docket No. 04-070-2909

On February 4, 2005, a subcommittee of the Virginia State Bar's Seventh District Committee issued a public admonition to Spencer Dean Ault for failing to diligently and promptly file required annual documents with the commissioner of accounts. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges against Mr. Ault.

go to opinion (pdf posted 3/1/05)

 

February 2, 2005

Alice Kate Markle Twiford, 101 Old Carriage Way, Williamsburg, VA 23188

VSB Docket Nos. 04-060-0988, 05-060-1438, 05-060-1439, 05-000-2390 and 05-060-2401

On February 2, 2005, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Alice Kate Markle Twiford's license to practice law, based on her prior disciplinary record and failure to perfect three court-appointed clients' appeals to the Virginia Court of Appeals in a timely manner and account properly for funds in her real estate trust account. Ms. Twiford had been on administrative suspension since December 28, 2004, after she failed to comply with a subpoena issued in connection with the bar's investigation of two misconduct cases. She consented to the revocation.

go to consent to revocation (pdf posted 2/10/05)

 

February 2, 2005

James Edward Swiger, 5900 Centreville Road, Suite 101, Centreville, VA 20121

VSB Docket No. 03-053-0918

On January 25, 2005, a panel of the Virginia State Bar Fifth District Committee, Section III, dismissed charges of misconduct against James Edward Swiger.

 

February 1, 2005

Robert Ray Stone, Jr., P.O. Box 766, Arlington, VA 22216

VSB Docket No. 04-041-1713

On February 1, 2005, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Robert Ray Stone, Jr.'s license to practice law for failure to respond to a bar subpoena duces tecum.

 

February 1, 2005

Jamie Scott Osborne, P.O. Box 2797, Manassas, Virginia 20108-2797

VSB Docket Nos. 04-060-3592, 05-000-2199 AND K05-060-2362

On January 28, 2005, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Jamie Scott Osborne's license to practice law. Mr. Osborne consented to the revocation. His law license was administratively suspended on September 29, 2004, after he failed to comply with a subpoena issued in connection with the bar's investigation of a misconduct complaint. Mr. Osborne admitted that after he was administratively suspended he continued to maintain a law office and that his handling of two divorce matters violated the Rules of Professional Conduct.

go to consent to revocation (pdf posted 2/10/05)

 

January 28, 2005

Khalil Wali Latif, 110 North Main Street, P. O. Box 593, Farmville, VA 23901

VSB Docket No. 05-000-2308

On January 28, 2005, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Khalil Wali Latif's license to practice law for two years for his failure to comply with terms imposed in connection with the four-month suspension of his law license from September 1 through December 31, 2003. The terms were designed to ensure that Mr. Latif's trust and operating account records satisfied the requirements of the attorney disciplinary rules after he resumed practicing law. The board found that Mr. Latif failed to prove by clear and convincing evidence that he had complied with the terms.

go to opinion (pdf posted 3/3/05)

 

January 28, 2005

Oliver Stuart Chalifoux, Lexington Commons Office Park, 10132 West Broad Street, Glen Allen, VA 23060

VSB Docket No. 05-033-0422

On January 28, 2005, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Oliver Stuart Chalifoux's license to practice law for failure to respond to a subpoena duces tecum.

go to opinion (posted 2/22/05)

 

January 27, 2005

Cary Powell Moseley, Davidson Sakolosky et al, Suite 450, 916 Main Street, P. O. Box 798, Lynchburg, VA 24505

VSB Docket No. 03-090-2587

On January 26, 2005, a three-judge panel in Lynchburg Circuit Court suspended Cary Powell Moseley's license to practice law for one year, effective March 1, 2005.  The panel found that Mr. Moseley defrauded a client in a matter related to a fee agreement. During the investigation that followed, he presented a fraudulent copy of the fee agreement to the Virginia State Bar and obstructed the investigation.

go to opinion (pdf posted 2/16/05)

 

January 24, 2005

Robert Edmund La Serte, 1800 Creek Crossing Road, Vienna, VA 22182

VSB Docket Nos. 03-053-0359 and 03-053-0942

On January 20, 2005, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Robert Edmund La Serte's license to practice law for five years, to take effect July 26, 2005, when a previous three-year suspension concludes. The board found that Mr. La Serte failed to follow Virginia State Bar and State Corporation Commission requirements for registering a law practice limited liability company, and subsequently lied to the bar when the matter was being investigated. The board also found that Mr. La Serte formed a law practice with a nonlawyer member, which is a violation of the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct, and that he requested another attorney to notarize a will without the notary's having witnessed its execution. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges against Mr. La Serte.

go to opinion (pdf posted 1/25/04)

 

January 18, 2005

Robert Joseph Hill,  10347 Democracy Lane, Fairfax, VA 22030

VSB Docket No. 04-053-3103

On January 13, 2005, pursuant to an agreed disposition, a subcommittee of the Virginia State Bar's Fifth District Committee, Section III, issued a public reprimand to Robert Joseph Hill. The subcommittee found that Mr. Hill failed to act diligently and promptly in representing a client in a child support matter, prejudiced the interests of the client, and failed to communicate with the client.

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January 13, 2005

Robert Spencer Lewis, 2 East Main Street, P. O. Box 1264, Martinsville, VA  24114

VSB Docket No. 05-090-0924

On January 12, 2005, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Robert Spencer Lewis's license to practice law.  Mr. Lewis consented to the revocation to avoid prosecution for misconduct.  He admitted that he accepted a $2500 check to satisfy a judgment held by his client but failed to remit the funds to the client.

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January 10, 2005

James Willis Hilldrup, Suite 220, 4343 Plank Road, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22407-4807

VSB Docket Nos. 04-060-2594 and 04-060-2595

On January 6, 2005, a subcommittee of the Virginia State Bar's Sixth District Committee issued two public reprimands with terms to James Willis Hilldrup. In the first matter, Mr. Hilldrup failed to close an estate in a timely manner. The terms require him to withdraw as co-executor of the estate and refund the fees that he received for legal services he rendered as co-executor. In the second matter, funds were tendered to Mr. Hilldrup as an escrow agent. A third party embezzled the funds after Mr. Hilldrup failed to deposit them in his attorney trust account for safekeeping. Among other things, the terms require Mr. Hilldrup to repay the funds. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges against Mr. Hilldrup.

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January 5, 2005

Oliver Stuart Chalifoux, Lexington Commons Office Park, 10132 West Broad Street, Glen Allen, Virginia 23060

VSB Docket No. 05-033-0852

On January 4, 2005, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Oliver Stuart Chalifoux's license to practice law for failure to respond to a bar subpoena duces tecum.

 

 


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