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Disciplinary System Actions Taken by the
Virginia State Bar

January 2007– Present

(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 September 11, 2007

 

June 27, 2007

Paul Granville Watson IV, P.O. Box 600, Eastville, VA 23347

VSB Docket No. 06-022-3164

On June 14, 2007, the Virginia State Bar Second District Committee, Section II, imposed a public reprimand with terms on Paul Granville Watson IV for violations of rules that govern competence, diligence, and communication. Mr. Watson defaulted in an appeal by filing in the wrong court, which caused the appeal to be dismissed without being considered on its merits. Thereafter, Mr. Watson failed in an attempt to file for reconsideration and failed altogether to seek an available delayed appeal for his client. Mr. Watson did not communicate with his client for ten months about the status of his appeal. The committee is requiring Mr. Watson to take four hours of continuing legal education courses in ethics and criminal appellate procedure.This was an agreed disposition of ethics charges against Mr. Watson.

view Watson determination (pdf posted 06/28/07)*

 

June 21, 2007

Khalil Wali Latif, P.O. Box 5300, Midlothian, Virginia 23112-0022

VSB Docket Nos. 06-031-0572, 06-031-0876, 06-031-2091, 06-031-2272, 06-031-3338, and 07-032-2414

On May 31, 2007, a three-judge panel of the Circuit Court of Chesterfield suspended Khalil Wali Latif’s license to practice law for one year and one day. The court found he committed misconduct by failing to return unearned fees and by filing a petition with the Court of Appeals when his license was suspended. Mr. Latif currently is under a one year and one day suspension for other misconduct. The new suspension will begin October 28, 2007. Mr. Latif is required to pay $2,900 in restitution to four individuals by August 1, 2007.  If he fails to comply with any terms, his license may be revoked.  This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges against Mr. Latif.

view Latif order (pdf posted 06/22/07)*

 

June 19, 2007

Timothy Wade Roof, #443 Pembroke One, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

VSB Docket No. 06-021-1991

On May 30, 2007, the Circuit Court for the City of Virginia Beach dismissed charges of misconduct against Timothy Wade Roof for lack of clear and convincing evidence.

 

June 19, 2007

Rueben Voll Greene, 1557 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219

VSB Docket No. 07-033-1833

On June 19, 2007, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board administratively suspended Rueben Voll Greene's license to practice law for failure to comply with a subpoena duces tecum.

On July 12, 2007, Mr. Greene complied with the subpoena duces tecum and the suspension was lifted.

 

May 25, 2007

Karen Patricia Harris-Woolley, P.O. Box 253, Upperville, VA 20185

VSB Docket No. 05-070-4572

On May 11, 2007, the Virginia State Bar’s Seventh District Committee issued a public reprimand to Karen Patricia Harris-Woolley, for violating ethical rules that govern diligence and conflicts of interest. Ms. Harris-Woolley paid a client $40,000 in exchange for an executed release from any malpractice liability stemming from Ms. Harris-Woolley’s failure to timely file documents in the case. However, the release stated that, should the client prevail on appeal, the client would reimburse the $40,000. This was an agreed disposition of the misconduct charge against Ms. Harris-Woolley.

view Wooley determination (pdf posted 05/30/07)*

 

May 24, 2007

Alana Sherrise Powers, 999 Waterside Drive, Dominion Tower, Suite 435, Norfolk, VA 23510

VSB Docket No. 07-022-0958

On May 17, 2007, the Virginia State Bar Second District Committee, Section II, imposed an admonition on Alana Sherrise Powers for defaulting on a criminal appeal. Ms. Powers missed a deadline, which caused the appeal to be dismissed before it could be considered on its merits. She then failed to take steps to obtain a delayed appeal, which would have remedied the default.

view Powers determination (pdf posted 06/13/07)*

May 24, 2007

Yvette Anita Ayala, P.O. Box 2499, Richmond, VA 23218-2499

VSB Docket No. 06-033-2967

The Virginia State Bar Third District Committee, Section III, issued a public reprimand with terms to Yvette Anita Ayala (formerly known as Yvette Anita Jones) after a hearing on May 15-16, 2007. The committee found that Ms. Ayala committed ethical misconduct by improperly transferring to her then current husband the title to a vehicle that belonged to her ex-husband, pursuant to a property settlement agreement that she drafted. She must take six extra hours of continuing legal education.

view Ayala determination (pdf posted 06/26/07)*

 

May 18, 2007     * **

Andrew Ira Becker

Suite 200, 4164 Virginia Beach Boulevard

Virginia Beach, VA 23452

VSB Docket Nos. 04-021-2662, 04-021-3554 and 06-021-1176

On May 18, 2007, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended the law license of Andrew Ira Becker for two years, effective June 1, 2007. The board heard three misconduct cases involving collection work. The board found that Mr. Becker failed to communicate with his clients in three cases, failed to act competently and diligently in two cases, and failed to obey court orders. In one of the cases, Mr. Becker’s failure to follow court orders led the Norfolk Division of the United States Bankruptcy Court to suspend his privilege to practice before that court for an indefinite period. Mr. Becker also failed to comply with requests for information from the Virginia State Bar. Mr. Becker stipulated to the facts and rule violations alleged by the bar.

view Becker opinion (amended pdf posted 06/21/07)*

*On May 25, 2007, the Virginia Supreme Court stayed the suspension pending appeal.

**On September 7, 2007, the Virginia Supreme Court granted the petition to terminate the order staying a summary order of suspension.  No appeal was filed.

 

May 15, 2007     *

Peter Campbell Sackett, Peter C. Sackett, P.C., 714 Court Street, Lynchburg, VA 24504

VSB Docket No. 07-090-2130

On May 15, 2007, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board administratively suspended Peter Campbell Sackett’s license to practice law for failure to comply to a subpoena duces tecum.

*On June 4, 2007, Mr. Sackett complied with the subpoena duces tecum and the suspension was lifted.

 

April 27, 2007

Cynthia Dawn Garris, 132 West Olney Road, Norfolk, Virginia 23510

VSB Docket Nos. 07-021-0150 and 07-010-1350

On April 3, 2007, the Second District Committee, Section I, imposed a public reprimand with terms on Cynthia Dawn Garris. Ms. Garris falsely informed a court that she was unavailable for trial because of a commitment in another court, when in fact she wanted to go on a planned shopping trip with a friend instead. Ms. Garris also submitted a judicial questionnaire that did not adequately reflect her disciplinary history with the Virginia State Bar. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Garris order (pdf posted 05/14/07)*

 

April 27, 2007

Wilbur Thurston Harville, 1356 Little Neck Road, Virginia Beach 23452

VSB Docket No. 05-021-0435

On April 3, 2007, the Second District Committee, Section I, imposed a public reprimand with terms on Wilbur Thurston Harville. Mr. Harville did not act competently or diligently while in complex litigation matters for small-business clients, and he failed to communicate adequately with them. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Harville order (pdf posted 05/14/07)*

 

April 12, 2007

Rebecca Louise Marquez, P.O. Box 100984, Arlington, Virginia 22210

VSB Docket No. 06-051-3016

On April 11, 2007, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board administratively suspended Rebecca Louise Marquez's license to practice law for failure to respond to a subpoena duces tecum.

 

April 4, 2007     * 

Jeffrey Ellis Gonzalez –Perez, 2111 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 700, Arlington, VA  22201

VSB Docket No. 07-000-2848

On March 28, 2007, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended Jeffrey Ellis Gonzalez-Perez’s license to practice law.  The board’s action was based on an order of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals suspending Mr. Gonzalez-Perez’s license to practice law in the District of Columbia for 90 days, effective March 1, 2007.  The board ordered Mr. Gonzalez-Perez to appear on April 27, 2007, to show cause why a 90-day suspension should not be imposed in Virginia.

view Gonzalez-Perez opinion (pdf posted 05/14/07)*

*On April 27, 2007, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Mr. Gonzalez-Perez's license for 90 days, the same discipline imposed by the District of Columbia.

 

March 27, 2007

Starr Ilene Yoder, 33061 Quaker Road, Ivor, Va 23866

VSB Docket No. 07-000-2542

On March 23, 2007, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Starr Ilene Yoder’s law license for one year and one day. This suspension was the alternative sanction under a public reprimand with terms issued in October 2005. The board found Ms. Yoder failed to prove by clear and convincing evidence she had complied with the terms imposed with the reprimand.

view Yoder order (pdf posted 04/16/07)*

 

March 21, 2007

Tonja Michelle Roberts, 116 South Market Street, Danville, VA 24541.  

VSB Docket No.: 06-090-3155 

On March 16, 2007, the Virginia State Bar’s Ninth District Committee imposed a public reprimand with terms on Tonja Michelle Roberts for failing to diligently pursue a personal injury case and to keep her client reasonably informed about the status of his legal matter.  Under the terms of the reprimand, the committee required Ms. Roberts to ask the court for permission to withdraw from the case, to attend continuing legal education in law-office management, and to consult with the bar's law-office management consultant.  If she fails to comply with the terms, her case will be referred to the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board for possible suspension of her law license.  

view Roberts determination (pdf)*

 

March 21, 2007

Bradley Douglas Wein, 1503 Santa Rosa Road, Suite 103, Richmond, VA 23229

VSB Docket No. 04-032-3616

On March 20, 2007, the Virginia State Bar Third District Committee, Section II, imposed a public admonition on Bradley Douglas Wein for violating a disciplinary rule that governs safekeeping of client property.

view Wein determination (pdf posted 07/11/07)*

 

March 19, 2007

Roger Jeffrey McDonald 4335 Cox Road, Glen Allen, Virginia 23060

VSB Docket Nos. 06-032-4011, 06-032-4167, 06-032-4241, 07-032-0342, 07-032-1312, 07-032-1623, 07-032-1664, and 07-032-2326

On March 14, 2007, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Roger Jeffrey McDonald’s license to practice law. Mr. McDonald consented to the revocation.  He admitted that he bounced checks to the clerks of Court in Henrico County and the City of Richmond, failed to pay off the deeds of trust in several residential real estate closings, failed to reconcile his trust account, and failed to properly supervise members of his staff. 

View Consent to Revocation (PDF posted 03/22/07)*

 

March 12, 2007     *

John Coury Macdonald, Steffan & Macdonald, L.L.C., Suite 207, 4020 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030

VSB Docket No. 06-051-4245

On March 7, 2007, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended John Coury Macdonald’s license to practice law and ordered him to appear for an expedited hearing on March 23, 2007. Mr. Macdonald’s law practice is currently under the control of a receiver appointed by the Fairfax County Circuit Court. His license has been administratively suspended since October 11, 2006, for failure to fulfill bar membership requirements.

*On March 23, 2007, the board revoked Mr. Macdonald’s license to practice law. The board found that Mr. Macdonald committed a criminal or deliberately wrongful act and violated Rules of Professional Conduct related to the safekeeping of client property.  The board also found that he violated rules governing diligence, client communications, terminating representation, and the unauthorized practice of law.

view MacDonald order (pdf posted 03/16/07)*

 

March 9, 2007

David Louis Konick, Rock Mills, P.O. Box 57, Washington, VA 22747-0057

VSB Docket Nos. 06-070-0783 & 06-070-2264

On February 20, 2007, the Virginia State Bar’s Seventh District Committee issued a public reprimand to David Louis Konick. The committee found that he committed a crime that reflected adversely on his honesty, trustworthiness or fitness to practice law. Mr. Konick was convicted of a misdemeanor in the Rappahannock Circuit Court for making an obscene phone call to the clerk of the Combined District Court for Rappahannock County. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges against Mr. Konick.

View Konick Determination (posted 03/12/07)*

 

March 6, 2007    *

Andrew Ira Becker, Law Offices of Andrew Ira Becker, P.L.C., Suite 200, 4164 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

VSB Docket No. 07-022-2328

On March 6, 2007, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board administratively suspended Andrew Ira Becker's license to practice law for failure to comply to a subpoena duces tecum.

*On March 7, 2007, Mr. Becker complied with the subpoena and the Disciplinary Board lifted the suspension.

 

March 6, 2007     *

Dennis Michael O’Keefe, 1522 N. 22nd St. #1, Arlington, Virginia 22209-1104

VSB Docket # 07-000-2556

On February 28, 2006, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended Dennis Michael O’Keefe’s license to practice law. The suspension was based on a decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to revoke Mr. O’Keefe’s license to practice law in that court. The board ordered Mr. O’Keefe to appear on March 23, 2007, to show cause why his license should not be revoked in Virginia.

view O'Keefe opinion (pdf posted 06/01/07)*

*On March 23, 2007, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Mr. O'Keefe's license to practice law.

 

February 21, 2007

Michael Jackson Beattie, 9502-B Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22031

VSB Docket Numbers 05-051-4499 and 06-051-0125

On February 6, 2007, a three-judge panel in Fairfax County Circuit Court suspended Michael Jackson Beattie’s license to practice law for six months, effective March 7, 2007. The panel found that Mr. Beattie engaged in ethical misconduct while handling a client’s employment discrimination claim. He violated disciplinary rules respecting competence, diligence, communication, fairness to opposing party and counsel, truthfulness in statements to others, responsibility of a supervisory lawyer, and dishonesty reflecting adversely on fitness to practice law. Mr. Beattie must hire a law office management consultant when he resumes the practice of law, and he must commit no violations of certain disciplinary rules for three years. If Mr. Beattie violates these terms, his license will be suspended for an additional three years. A third disciplinary matter pending against Mr. Beattie was dismissed. This is an agreed disposition of misconduct charges against Mr. Beattie.

View Beattie Order (pdf posted 02/23/07)*

 

February 6, 2007

John Christopher Pasierb, Law Offices of John C. Pasierb, Suite 800, 2200 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201-0742

VSB Docket Nos. 05-041-1925, 05-041-4368, 07-041-1405, and 07-041-1862

On February 6, 2007, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked John Christopher Pasierb’s license to practice law. Mr. Pasierb consented to the revocation. He admitted that he made false representations to clients concerning the status of their legal matters. Among other misrepresentations, Mr. Pasierb informed clients that he had filed suits which he had not filed and that he had obtained settlements which he had not, in fact, obtained.

View Pasierb Order (pdf posted 02/09/07)*

 

January 31, 2007

Claude T. Compton, 9315 Grant Avenue, Manassas, VA 22110-5064

VSB Docket No. 05-053-3671

On January 29, 2007, a three-judge panel in the Prince William County Circuit Court imposed a public reprimand with terms upon Claude T. Compton. The judges found that Mr. Compton, acting as a notary, falsely certified that persons who had signed a "deed of dedication and easement" had appeared before him to acknowledge their signatures, and that he provided inaccurate information to the Virginia State Bar in response to a bar complaint concerning this matter. Mr. Compton must read the law governing the actions of a notary. If he does not comply, his license to practice law could be suspended for sixty days. The board considered that Mr. Compton in thirty-eight years of practice had a virtually unblemished record, and that he is winding down his practice. This is an agreed disposition of misconduct charges against Mr. Compton.

 

View Compton Order (pdf posted 02/16/07)*

 

January 31, 2007

Robert Joseph Hill, P.O. Box 190, Fairfax, VA 22038

VSB Docket No. 06-053-1229

On January 26, 2007, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Robert Joseph Hill’s license to practice law for sixty days, effective February 5, 2007. In a child support matter, Mr. Hill failed to act with competence, failed to abide by his client’s decisions, failed to act with reasonable diligence, and failed to keep his client reasonably informed about the status of her legal matter. After a bar complaint was filed, Mr. Hill failed to respond to the Virginia State Bar’s lawful demands for information. Mr. Hill received public discipline in 2005 and 2006 for similar misconduct.

View Hill Order (pdf posted 02/09/07) *

 

January 31, 2007     * **

Meek Daniel Clark, Building 3, Suite A, 10043 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, Virginia 23235-4856

VSB Docket No. 07-000-2170

On January 26, 2007, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended Meek Daniel Clark’s license to practice law. Mr. Clark was convicted in Chesterfield County Circuit Court of taking indecent liberties with a minor a felony. The board ordered Mr. Clark to appear on February 23, 2007, to show cause why his license should not remain suspended or be revoked.

view Clark order (pdf posted 05/14/07)*

*On February 2, 2007, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board continued the case until March 23, 2007.

**On March 23, 2007, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Mr. Clark for 5 years effective January 26, 2007.

 

January 31, 2007     *  ** ***

Salvage DeLacy Stith, 4525 Miarfield Arc, Chesapeake, VA 23321

VSB DOCKET NO. 06-000-4273

On January 26, 2007, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board announced that it will recommend that the Supreme Court of Virginia disapprove Salvage Delacy Stith’s petition for reinstatement of his license to practice law. The board’s recommendation will be filed with the Court, which will take final action on the petition. Mr. Stith’s license was revoked in 1994. This was his second petition for reinstatement.

* On March 12, 2007, Mr. Stith filed a motion for reconsideration.

**On March 16, 2007, the Disciplinary Board denied the motion for reconsideration.

***On June 18, 2007, the Virginia Supreme Court denied Mr. Stith's petition for reinstatement.

 

View Stith Order (PDF updated 03/09/07)*

 

January 23, 2007

Michael John Denney, P.O. Box 718, Warrenton, Virginia 20188

VSB Docket No. 06-070-2853

On January 23, 2007, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board administratively suspended Michael John Denney's license to practice law for failure to respond to a subpoena duces tecum.

 

January 22, 2007     *

Stacy F. Garrett, III, Boone, Beal, Cosby & Long, 27 North 17th Street, Richmond, VA 23219

VSB Docket No. 07-032-0022

On January 22, 2007, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board administratively suspended Stacy F. Garrett, III's license to practice law for failure to respond to a subpoena duces tecum.

*On January 25, 2007, Mr. Garrett complied with the subpoena duces tecum and the suspension was lifted.

 

January 16, 2007

James Drewry Hudkins Hill, 10222 Steuben Drive, Glen Allen, VA  23060

VSB Docket No. 06-060-0465

On January 16, 2007, the Virginia State Bar Sixth District Committee issued a public reprimand to James Drewry Hudkins Hill for violations of Rules of Professional Conduct that govern diligence and declining or terminating representation.  This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

View Hill Determination (pdf posted 01/22/2007)*

 

January 8, 2007     * **

Catherine Ann Lee, 103 East Williamsburg Road, Sandston, VA 23150-1634

VSB Docket No. 07-000-1918

On January 4, 2007, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended Catherine Ann Lee’s license to practice law. On November 1, 2006, Ms. Lee was convicted of embezzlement by the Circuit Court of Henrico County. The board ordered Ms. Lee to appear on January 26, 2007, to show cause why her license should not be suspended or revoked.

view Lee Opinion (pdf posted 05/14/07)*

*On January 19, 2007, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board continued the case until March 23, 2007.

**On March 23, 2007, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Ms. Lee's license to practice law.

***On May 25, 2007, Ms. Lee filed an appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court.

 

January 8, 2007 * ** ***

Andrew M. Steinberg, 3581 Sherbrook Circle, Woodbridge, VA 22192

VSB Docket No. 07-000-1909

On January 4, 2007, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended Andrew Mark Steinberg’s license to practice law in Virginia. On November 6, 2006, the Maryland Court of Appeals disbarred Mr. Steinberg in that state. The Virginia board ordered Mr. Steinberg to appear on January 26, 2007, to show cause why his Virginia license should not be revoked.

view Steinberg order (pdf posted 06/13/07)*

*On January 22, 2007, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board continued the case until March 23, 2007.

**On March 23, 2007, the Disciplinary Board continued the case until May 18, 2007.

***On May 18, 2007, the Disciplinary Board revoked Mr. Steinberg's license to practice law in Virginia.

 

January 4, 2007

VSB Docket No. 06-070-1656

Marc James Small, 2700 Anglewood Drive, Chester, Virginia 23831

On January 4, 2007, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board administratively suspended Marc James Small's license to practice law after he failed to comply with a board order.

 

 


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