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Disciplinary System Actions

January 2009 – 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 March 29, 2011


June 29, 2009

Christopher Broughton Shedlick, 6408 R Seven Corners Place

Falls Church, Virginia 22044

VSB Docket No.07-051-070816

On June 8, 2009, a Virginia State Bar Fifth District, Section I, Subcommittee imposed a public reprimand with terms on Christopher Broughton Shedlick for violating professional rules that govern responsibilities regarding nonlawyer assistants, professional independence of a lawyer, unauthorized practice of law, communication and advertising about a lawyer's services, and firm names and letterheads. The misconduct involved the management of Mr. Shedlick's law office and his advertisements, which used the name and likeness of a disbarred attorney. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Shedlick order (pdf posted 07/08/09)*

 

June 29, 2009

Keith Hamner Waldrop, 2941 River Road West, P.O. Box 268, Goochland, VA 23063-0268.

VSB Docket No. 08-070-070513

On June 8, 2009, a Virginia State Bar Seventh District Subcommittee imposed a public admonition on Keith Hamner Waldrop for violating professional rules that govern diligence and communication. The misconduct occurred in a court-appointed criminal representation. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Waldrop order (pdf posted 07/08/09)*

 

June 24, 2009

Renay Melitta Fariss, Suite 102, 10107 Krause Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832

VSB Docket No. 08-031-074387

On May 27, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Third District Committee, Section I, imposed a public reprimand on Renay Melitta Fariss for violating professional rules that govern misconduct, confidentiality of client information, and presenting or threatening criminal or other charges to obtain an advantage or to harass.

view Fariss order (pdf posted 07/08/09)*

 

June 25, 2009       *

Jason Matthew Head, Suite 675, One Columbus Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462

VSB Docket No. 09-070-076620

On June 25, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Jason Matthew Head's license administratively to practice law for failure to comply with a subpoena duces tecum.

*On July 20, 2009, Mr. Head complied with the subpoena duces tecum and the suspension was lifted.

 

June 10, 2009

Phillip Stone Griffin II, 102 South Kent Street, Winchester, Virginia 22601

VSB Docket No. 06-070-2954

On May 27, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Seventh District Committee imposed a public admonition on Phillip Stone Griffin II for violating disciplinary rules that govern making false statement of fact or law to a tribunal and engaging in conduct that reflects adversely on a lawyer's fitness to practice. The violations occurred during an action to collect unpaid attorney's fees from a former client.

view Griffin order (pdf posted 06/11/09)*

 

June 10, 2009

Donald Jerome Gee, McEachin & Gee, P.C., 4719 Nine Mile Road, Richmond, Virginia 23223

VSB Docket Nos. 06-032-2891 and 07-032-0580

On May 28, 2009, a Virginia State Bar Third District Subcommittee imposed a public reprimand with terms on Donald Jerome Gee for violating disciplinary rules that govern diligence, communication, fees, responsibilities regarding nonlawyer assistants; safekeeping property; and misconduct by violating the Rules of Professional Conduct or attempting to do so. The violations occurred in personal injury cases. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Gee order (pdf posted 06/11/09)*

 

June 9, 2009

Mark Michael Kantro, Suite 807, 142 West York Street, Norfolk, Virginia 23510

VSB Docket Nos. 08-021-071117 and 08-021-074925

On May 27, 2009, a Virginia State Bar Second District Subcommittee imposed a public reprimand with terms on Mark Michael Kantro for violating professional rules that govern competence, diligence, communication, and terminating representation. The misconduct occurred in two appeals of probation revocations. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Kantro order (pdf posted 06/11/09)*

 

June 9, 2009

Lorenzo Lee Bean III, Suite 101, 45573 Shepard Drive, Sterling, Virginia 20164

VSB Docket No. 07-070-1277

On May 28, 2009, a three-judge panel in the Fauquier County Circuit Court imposed a public reprimand with terms on Lorenzo Lee Bean III for violating a professional rule that governs safekeeping property. Mr. Bean failed to deposit $60,000 in client funds into an attorney escrow account, as the rules require. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Bean order (pdf posted 06/11/09)*

 

June 9, 2009

Susan Carol Armstrong, 526 North Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220

VSB Docket No. 08-033-072649

On May 1, 2009, a three-judge court of the Richmond Circuit Court dismissed all misconduct charges against Susan Carol Armstrong for lack of clear and convincing evidence.

 

June 4, 2009     *  **  ***  ****  *****

Curtis Tyrone Brown, Suite 210, 5900 East Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk, Virginia 23502

VSB Docket No. 08-021-071424

On May 26, 2009, a three-judge panel in the Norfolk Circuit Court suspended Curtis Tyrone Brown's license to practice law for two twelve-month periods, to be served concurrently. The judges found he violated disciplinary rules that govern making a false statement to a tribunal; knowingly disobeying a standing rule or a ruling of a tribunal made in the context of a proceeding; engaging in conduct intended to disrupt a tribunal; and dishonesty, misrepresentation, and deceit that reflects adversely on the lawyer's fitness to practice. The misconduct occurred in his representation of a plaintiff in a personal injury case.

*On May 28, 2009, the Supreme Court of Virginia granted a stay of the suspension pending the appeal.

**On October 13, 2009, Mr. Brown filed an appeal with the Supreme Court of Virginia.

***On September 23, 2010, the Supreme Court of Virginia denied the petition for rehearing.

****On October 12, 2010, Mr. Brown filed a Motion to Delay Issuance of the Mandate.

*****On March 21, 2011, the Circuit Court suspended Mr. Brown's license to practice law.

view Brown order (pdf posted 10/23/09)

View Brown Order (PDF Posted 3/29/11)

View Brown Order (PDF Posted 3/29/11)

 

June 2, 2009

Tonja Michelle Roberts, Roberts Law Office, P.O. Box 10463, Danville, VA 24543

VSB Docket Nos. 08-090-073958 and 08-090-074552

On May 6, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Tonja Michelle Roberts's license to practice law for one year, effective June 2, 2009, and imposed terms. Ms. Roberts violated professional rules that govern diligence, communication, declining or terminating representation, and bar admission and disciplinary matters. The violations occurred in cases that involved a bankruptcy and payment to a health care provider in a personal injury representation. In both cases, Ms. Roberts failed to respond to the bar's investigation. As a term of her discipline, Ms. Roberts must return the $750 fee paid by a client. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Roberts order (pdf posted 06/09/09)*

 

 

June 1, 2009

Leslie Dana Silverman, 4704 Hollywood Road, College Park, Maryland

VSB Docket No. 07-052-2031 and 07-052-2323

On May 21, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Leslie Dana Silverman's license to practice law for sixty days, effective June 1, 2009. Ms. Silverman violated professional rules that govern diligence, safekeeping property, and unauthorized practice of law. In two cases, she represented clients in Virginia while her Virginia license was administratively suspended, and she did not deposit client funds into an attorney escrow account, as the rules require. In one case, she failed to appear in court on behalf of the client. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Silverman order (pdf posted 06/01/09)*

 

May 29, 2009     *

Robert E. Miller, 198 Coggins Corner Drive, Newman, GA 30265

VSB Docket No. 09-000-078525

On May 26, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended Robert E. Miller's license to practice law, in response to his March 9, 2006, disbarment by the Supreme Court of Florida. The board ordered him to appear June 26, 2009, to show cause why the same discipline should not be imposed in Virginia.

view Miller order (pdf posted 08/04/09)*

*On June 26, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Mr. Miller's license to practice law.

 

May 29, 2009     *

Barbara Lyn Brackett, 125 Carter Court, Vienna, Virginia 22180

VSB Docket No. 09-000-079217

On May 26, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended Barbara Lyn Brackett's license to practice law, based on her March 23, 2009 guilty plea in Fairfax County General District Court to writing a bad check. The board ordered her to appear on June 26, 2009, to show cause why her license should not be further suspended or revoked.

*On June 26, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Barbara Lyn Brackett's license to practice law for thirty days, effective retroactively to May 27, 2009. Ms. Brackett pled guilty on March 23, 2009, in Fairfax County General District Court to writing a bad check. Her license was summarily suspended on May 26 pending the June 26 board hearing.

view Brackett order (pdf posted 08/26/09)*

 

May 29, 2009     *

John Crane King, P.O. Box 864153, Plano, TX 75086

VSB Docket No. 09-000-079421

On May 26, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended John Crane King's license to practice law, based on his October 15, 2004, disbarment by the Kansas Supreme Court. The board ordered him to appear on June 26, 2009, to show cause why the same discipline should not be imposed in Virginia.

view King order (pdf posted 08/04/09)*

*On June 26, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Mr. King's license to practice law.

 

May 29, 2009     *

Jackson Willard Snyder II, 9443, Turnberry Drive, Potomac, MD 20854

VSB Docket No. 09-000-079415

On May 27, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended Jackson Willard Snyder II's license to practice law, based on his criminal conviction on February 9, 2009, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Mr. Snyder pled guilty to making false statements. The board ordered him to appear on June 26, 2009, to show cause why his Virginia license should not be further suspended or revoked.

view Snyder order (pdf posted 07/08/09)*

*On June 19, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Mr. Snyder's license to practice law for a year and a day effective May 27, 2009.    This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

 

May, 29, 2009

Anne Marston Lynch, 425 Sussex Drive, Portsmouth, Virginia 23707

VSB Docket Nos. 08-0101-071408, 08-010-071625, 08-010-072683, 08-010-072684,

08-010-074537

On May 15, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Anne Marston Lynch's license to practice law for one year and imposed terms. In five cases, Ms. Lynch violated professional rules that govern diligence, communication, and bar disciplinary matters. The cases involved criminal defense representations and a real estate matter.

view Lynch order (pdf posted 06/11/09)*

 

May 18, 2009  *

Christopher Jason Agresto, 8 Royal Street SE, Leesburg, VA 20175

VSB Docket No. 09-070-076620

On May 15, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Christopher Jason Agresto's license administratively to practice law for failure to comply with a subpoena duces tecum.

*On May 20, 2009, Mr. Agresto complied with the subpoena duces tecum and the suspension was lifted.

 

May 14, 2009

Raul Novo, Gordon, Dodson, Gordon & Rowlett, Suite 101, 10303 Memory Lane, Chesterfield, VA 23832

VSB Docket Nos. 08-031-074033 and 08-031-074806

On May 8, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Raul Novo's license to practice law for thirty months, effective May 31, 2009, for violating professional rules that govern competence, diligence, communication, conflict of interest, and misconduct that reflects adversely on the lawyer's fitness to practice. The violations occurred in a personal injury representation and a divorce case. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Novo final order (pdf posted 05/21/09)*

 

May 7, 2009

John W. Wine, P.O. Box 133, Marshall, Virginia 20116-0133

VSB Docket No. 07-070-1360

On April 22, 2009, a three-judge court in the Fauquier County Circuit Court imposed a public reprimand on John W. Wine for violating the professional rule that requires a lawyer to adequately explain fees to a client. The misconduct occurred in an estate administration. This was an agreed disposition of charges against Mr. Wine.

view Wine order (pdf posted 05/15/09)*

 

May 5, 2009

Peyton Moncure Chichester III, 10665 Honey Tree Road, Richmond, VA 23235

VSB Docket No. 08-031-071258

On April 21, 2009, a Virginia State Bar Third District Subcommittee imposed a public reprimand on Peyton Moncure Chichester III for violating professional rules that govern diligence and communication in representing a client in a case of alleged housing discrimination. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Chichester order (pdf posted 05/15/09)*

 

May 5, 2009

Howard Norman Bierman 702 North Irving Street, Arlington, Virginia 22201

VSB Docket Nos. 08-041-072548, 08-041-072921, 08-041-072923, 08-041-074232, 08-041-074233, 08-041-073082

On April 15, 2009, a Virginia State Bar Fourth District, Section I, Subcommittee imposed a public admonition on Howard Norman Bierman for violating the professional rule that governs diligence. In six cases involving foreclosure sales, he failed to timely file required documents with commissioners of accounts in Virginia Beach, Staunton, and Chesterfield County, and he failed to respond to inquiries from the commissioners.  This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Bierman order (pdf posted 05/15/09)*

 

April 30, 2009

Joseph Kelly Haley III, The Marshall Building, 2nd Floor, 105 Marshall Street, Petersburg, VA 23803

VSB Docket No. 07-033-1995

On April 24, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Joseph Kelly Haley III's license to practice law. Mr. Haley stipulated that he violated professional rules that govern competence, diligence, safekeeping property, declining or terminating representation, fairness to opposing party and counsel, and misconduct that reflects adversely on the lawyer's fitness to practice. The violations occurred in a guardianship of an incapacitated adult.

view Haley order (pdf posted 05/27/09)*

 

April 29, 2009     *

Gary Lance Smith, 417 South Loudon Street, Winchester, VA 22601

VSB Docket No. 08-070-073538

On April 29, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Gary Lance Smith's license administratively to practice law for failure to comply with a subpoena duces tecum.

*On May 21, 2009, Mr. Smith complied with the subpoena duces tecum and the suspension was lifted.

 

April 17, 2009

James Edward Moyler Jr. P.O. Box 246, Franklin, Virginia 23851-0246

VSB Docket No. 09-010-076281

On April 13, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked James Edward Moyler's license to practice law. Mr. Moyler admitted that he acknowledged in court proceedings that he had 'loaned' himself more than $3.5 million from an estate for which he was executor. The bar had scheduled an April 14, 2009, expedited hearing after learning that he had been ordered by the Southampton County Circuit Court to account for funds in at least two estates.

view Moyler consent to revocation (pdf posted 04/17/09)*

 

April 15, 2009

Vincent Francis Bonzagni, The Bonzagni Law Firm, 147 Mountain Top Road, Front Royal, Virginia 22630-6013

VSB Docket No. 09-070-078085

On April 15, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Vincent Francis Bonzagni's license administratively to practice law for failure to comply  with a subpoena duces tecum.

 

April 15, 2009     *

William L. Stables, Jr., 57 South Main Street, Suite 209, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801

09-070-076278

On April 15, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended William L. Stables Jr's license administratively to practice law for failure to comply with a subpoena duces tecum.

*On May 14, 2009, Mr. Stables complied with the subpoena duces tecum and the suspension was lifted.

 

April 14, 2009

Robert Max Jenkins, Jenkins & Jenkins, 513 East Main Street, Radford, Virginia 24141-0886

VSB Docket Nos. 07-000-1254

On April 14, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Robert Max Jenkins's, license to practice law on impairment grounds.

view Jenkins order (pdf posted 04/16/09)*

 

April 7, 2009

Alfred Lincoln Robertson Jr., Robertson Law Office, PLLC, 11350 Random Hills Road, #800, Fairfax, Virginia 22030

VSB Docket No. 08-052-071661

On April 1, 2009, a Virginia State Bar Fifth District, Section II, Subcommittee imposed a public reprimand with terms on Alfred Lincoln Robertson Jr. for violating professional rules that govern diligence, communication, and safekeeping property. The misconduct occurred in a domestic relations case and included failure to deposit client funds in a trust account, as the rules require. This was an agreed disposition.

view Robertson determination (pdf posted 04/16/09)*

 

April 6, 2009

Jason Howard Arthur, Ross & Arthur, 255 Broad Street, Kingsport, Tennessee 37660

VSB Docket No. 09-000-078042

On April 2, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Jason Howard Arthur's Virginia license to practice law for thirty days, with all time suspended. The board's action was based on a November 3, 2008, order of the Supreme Court of Tennessee, which suspended Mr. Arthur's Tennessee license for thirty days, also suspended; placed him on monitored probation for one year, and ordered him to pay restitution to a client. This was an agreed disposition.

view Arthur final order (pdf posted 04/16/09)*

 

April 6, 2009     *

Alan Sherwin Toppelberg, 2727 S. Quincy Street, Apartment 707, Arlington, Virginia 22206

09-000-078935

On April 3, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended Alan Sherwin Toppelberg's license to practice law, based on his one-year suspension by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. The board ordered Mr. Toppelberg to appear on April 24, 2009, to show cause why his Virginia license should not be further suspended or revoked.

*On April 24, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Alan Sherwin Toppelberg's license to practice law for one year, the same discipline imposed by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals for professional misconduct in that jurisdiction.

view Toppelberg order (pdf posted 05/27/09)*

 

April 6, 2009

James Fred Sumpter, P. O. Box 5564, Midlothian, Virginia 23112

VSB Docket Nos. 06-032-4173 and 07-032-1740

On April 1, 2009, a Virginia State Bar Third District Subcommittee imposed a public reprimand on James Fred Sumpter for violating professional rules that govern diligence, communication, fees, disregarding court rules or orders, discovery abuse, and misconduct. The matter involved Mr. Sumpter's representations in a domestic relations case and a court-appointed criminal appeal. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Sumpter determination (pdf posted 04/16/09)*

 

April 2, 2009

Robert W. Spessard Jr., PO Box 22, 109 East Main Street, Floyd, Virginia 24091

VSB Docket No. 08-101-071407

On March 31, 2009, a Virginia State Bar Tenth District, Section I, Subcommittee imposed a public reprimand with terms on Robert W. Spessard Jr. for violating disciplinary rules that govern competence, scope of representation, communication, conflict of interest, and misconduct that reflects adversely on the lawyer's fitness to practice. The violations occurred in a case in which Mr. Spessard was settlement agent in a land purchase. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Spessard determination (pdf posted 04/02/09)*

 

April 2, 2009

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

VSB Docket No. 08-022-071777

On March 23, 2009, a Virginia State Bar Second District Subcommittee imposed a public reprimand on Paul Granville Watson IV for violating professional rules that govern diligence and bar admission and disciplinary matters. The violations occurred in a divorce representation and Mr. Watson's subsequent failure to cooperate with a bar investigation of the complaint. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Watson determination (pdf posted 04/02/09)*

 

April 2, 2009

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

VSB Docket No. 08-022-073510

On March 23, 2009, a Virginia State Bar Second District Subcommittee imposed a public reprimand on Paul Granville Watson IV for violating professional rules that govern communication and bar admission and disciplinary matters. The violations occurred in a criminal appeal and Mr. Watson's subsequent failure to cooperate with a bar investigation of the complaint. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Watson determination (pdf posted 04/02/09)*

 

April 2, 2009

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

08-022-075543

On March 23, 2009, a Virginia State Bar Second District Subcommittee imposed a public reprimand on Paul Granville Watson IV for violating professional rules that govern bar admission and disciplinary matters. The violation occurred when Mr. Watson failed to respond with the bar's attempt to informally resolve a complaint about a criminal representation and then failed to cooperate when the bar opened an active investigation. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Watson determination (pdf posted 04/02/09)*

 

April 1, 2009     * **  ***  ****

David Loren Shurtz, 1039 North Highland Street, Arlington, VA 22201

VSB Docket No. 07-041-1154

On March 26, 2009, a three-judge court in Arlington County Circuit Court suspended David Loren Shurtz's license to practice law for eighteen months, effective April 16, 2009. Mr. Shurtz violated disciplinary rules that govern communication, conflict of interest - prohibited transactions, and misconduct that reflects adversely on a lawyer's honesty, trustworthiness or fitness to practice law. The violations occurred during his representation of a client in a personal injury case.

*On April 16, 2009, the Supreme Court of Virginia granted a stay of the suspension pending the appeal.

**On May 22, 2009, Mr. Shurtz filed an appeal with the Supreme Court of Virginia.

***On April 22, 2010, the Supreme Court of Virginia denied the petition for rehearing.

****On May 27, 2010, the Circuit Court suspended Mr. Shurtz's license for eighteen months effective June 25, 2010.

view Shurtz order (pdf posted 05/15/09)*    View Shurtz Order (PDF posted 6/29/10)

 

March 27, 2009

James Andrew Carter II, The Law Firm of Thomas L. Hunter & Associates, 910 West Mercury Boulevard, Suite 2A, Hampton, VA 23666

VSB Docket Nos. 06-060-2563, 06-060-3160, 06-060-3942, 06-060-4118, 07-060-1738, 07-060-064820, 08-060-072335

On March 26, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended James Andrew Carter II's license to practice law for five years for violating professional rules that govern competence, diligence, communication, confidentiality of information, conflict of interest, safekeeping property, declining or terminating representation, fairness to opposing party and counsel, respect for rights of third persons, bar admission and disciplinary matters, and misconduct that reflects adversely on a lawyer's honesty, trustworthiness or fitness to practice.

view Carter order (pdf posted 05/01/09)*

 

March 27, 2009

Kristina Marie Cardwell, 1716 Purpose Drive, Virginia Beach 23453

09-000-077709     *

On March 26, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended Kristina Marie Cardwell's license to practice law, based on her December 4, 2008, guilty plea to wire fraud in U.S. District Court-Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk Division. The board ordered Ms. Cardwell to appear on April 24, 2009, to show cause why her license should not be further suspended or revoked.

*On April 14, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Kristina Marie Cardwell's license to practice law. She pled guilty on December 4, 2008, to wire fraud in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. She consented to the revocation after her license was summarily suspended March 26, 2009.

view Cardwell revocation order (pdf posted 04/16/09)*

 

March 27, 2009     *

Royal Daniel III, International Trade Research, Washington, D.C. 20005

VSB Docket No. 09-000-078723

On March 26, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended Royal Daniel III's license to practice law, based on his April 17, 2008, disbarment by the Colorado Supreme Court. The board ordered Mr. Daniel to appear on April 24, 2009, to show cause why his Virginia license should not be further suspended or revoked.

*On April 24, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Royal Daniel III's license to practice law, based on his April 17, 2008, disbarment by the Colorado Supreme Court.

view Daniel order (pdf posted 05/27/09)*

 

March 24, 2009     * 

Robert Henry Smallenberg, 1415 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Richmond, Virginia 23223

VSB Docket No. 09-032-075885

On March 24, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Robert Henry Smallenberg's license administratively to practice law for failure to comply with a subpoena duces tecum.

*On March 30, 2009, Mr. Smallenberg complied with the subpoena duces tecum and the suspension was lifted.

 

March 24, 2009    

Crystal Anita Gist Fisher, 10462 Kelso Court, Waldorf, Maryland 20603

VSB Docket No. 08-042-074643

On March 24, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Crystal Anita Gist Fisher's license administratively to practice law for failure to comply with a subpoena duces tecum.

*On October 29, 2009, Ms. Fisher complied with the subpoena duces tecum and the suspension was lifted.

 

March 25, 2009

Carr Lanier Kinder, Jr., 1602 Hamilton Terrace SE, Roanoke, VA 24014

VSB Docket No. 09-000-077547

On March 24, 2009, The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Carr Lanier Kinder, Jr.'s, license to practice law on impairment grounds.

view Kinder order (pdf posted 03/27/09)*

 

March 18, 2009      *

Kathleene Anne Cipriano, Gay & Cipriano, P.C., Suite 308, 3500 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452

VSB Docket No. 09-021-075780

On March 13, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board administratively suspended Kathleene Anne Cipriano's license to practice law for failure to comply with a subpoena duces tecum.

*On March 20, 2009, Ms. Cipriano complied with the subpoena duces tecum, and the suspension was lifted.

 

March 13, 2009

Stephen Lee McPherson, 700 Seabrook Lane, Chesapeake, Virginia 23322

VSB Docket No. 09-000-078314

On March 13, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Stephen Lee McPherson's license to practice law. In consenting to the revocation, Mr. McPherson acknowledged that he was facing a disciplinary investigation based on his guilty pleas on January 23, 2009, in Chesapeake Circuit Court to four sexual crimes against minors in his custody and care, and that he is facing similar charges in Virginia Beach Circuit Court. The board summarily suspended his license on February 27, 2009, pending a show cause hearing.

view McPherson order (pdf posted 03/20/09)*

 

March 13, 2009     *  **

Michael Patrick Weatherbee, Suite 203, 2009 North 14th Street, Arlington, VA 22201-2514

VSB docket No. 05-041-4811

On January 29, 2009, a three-judge panel of the Arlington County Circuit Court imposed a public reprimand on Michael Patrick Weatherbee for violating the disciplinary rule that governs meritorious claims and contentions. The misconduct occurred in a medical malpractice case, in which Mr. Weatherbee incorrectly named a physician as a defendant.

view Weatherbee order (pdf posted 05/01/09)*

*On May 11, 2009, Mr. Weatherbee filed an appeal with the Supreme Court of Virginia.

**On March 17, 2010, the Supreme Court of Virginia affirmed the decision of the Circuit Court of Arlington county.

 

March 11, 2009

Spencer Dean Ault, Law Office of Spencer D. Ault, 13193 Mountain Road, Lovettsville, VA 20180

VSB Docket No. 07-070-1279

On February 24, 2009, a Virginia State Bar Seventh District Subcommittee imposed a public reprimand on Spencer Dean Ault for violating professional rules that govern diligence, communication, and declining or terminating representation. Mr. Ault neglected an employment matter for more than a year, failed to communicate with the client, did not provide the file upon request, and did not withdraw from representation as the rules require. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Ault order (pdf posted 03/12/09)*

 

March 11, 2009

Scott Nader Kazem, Kazem & Kazem PLC, 101 East Market Street, Leesburg, VA 20176

VSB Docket No. 07-070-1280

On March 2, 2009, a Virginia State Bar Seventh District Subcommittee imposed a public admonition with terms on Scott Nader Kazem for violating the disciplinary rule that governs lawyer as witness. Mr. Kazem accepted a domestic relations case in which he was likely to be a witness.

view Kazem order (pdf posted 03/12/09)*

 

March 11, 2009

Andrew George Adams III, P.O. Box 1912, Richmond, Virginia 23218

VSB Docket Nos. 08-033-072151, 08-033-075263, 09-033-075888, 09-033-075986, 09-033-076249, 09-033-076317, 09-033-076871, 09-033-076942, 09-033-076963, 09-033-077931, 09-033-078019, 09-033-078152

On March 9, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Andrew George Adams III's license to practice law. In consenting to the revocation, Mr. Adams acknowledged as true the material facts in twelve disciplinary cases that were pending against him, and stated that he could not defend himself against the allegations if they were prosecuted. The twelve cases involved bankruptcy and domestic relations.

view Adams order (pdf posted 03/11/09)*

 

March 11, 2009

Sue Ella Easterling Kobak, P.O. Box 428, Pennington Gap, Virginia 24277-0428

VSB Docket Nos. 07-102-070344, 07-102-070249, 07-102-064898, 07-102-070665, 08-102-071254

On February 23, 2009, a Virginia State Bar Tenth District,Section II Subcommittee imposed a public reprimand with terms on Sue Ella Easterling Kobak for violating professional rules that govern safekeeping property and responsibilities regarding nonlawyer assistants. Ms. Kobak delegated her professional obligation to manage her escrow and trust accounts to an administrative assistant, who embezzled money from the accounts. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Kobak order (pdf posted 03/11/09)*

 

March 10, 2009

Lindsey Owen Sutherland, Suite 300, 4085 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030-4106

VSB Docket No. 08-051-074583

On February 20, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Lindsey Owen Sutherland's license to practice law for forty-five days, effective February 24, 2009, for violating disciplinary rules that govern competence, diligence, communication, declining or terminating representation, and bar admission and disciplinary matters. The violations occurred in a debt collection matter.

view Sutherland order (pdf posted 03/11/09)*

 

March 10, 2009

J. Patterson Rogers III, Masonic Building Suite 600, 105 South Union Street, Danville, Virginia 24541

VSB Docket No. 09-090-075922

On March 3, 2009, a Virginia State Bar Ninth District Subcommittee imposed a public reprimand with terms on J. Patterson Rogers III for violating the professional rule that governs diligence. The misconduct occurred in a personal injury representation. This was an agreed disposition.

view Rogers order (pdf posted 03/11/09)*

 

March 10, 2009

Patrick Allen Robbins, 23365 Front Street, P.O. Box 757, Accomac, VA 23301

VSB Docket No. 08-021-074543

On February 25, 2009, a Virginia State Bar Second District Subcommittee imposed a public reprimand with terms on Patrick Allen Robbins for violating the professional rule that governs competence. In a court-appointed representation of a criminal appeal, Mr. Robbins filed a petition that failed to cite any legal authority in support of his argument. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Robbins order (pdf posted 03/11/09)*

 

March 5, 2009 

Andrew George Adams, III, P.O. Box 1912, Richmond, Virginia 23218

VSB Docket Nos. 09-033-075986, 09-033-076963, 09-033-076317, 09-033-076871, 09-033-076249, 09-033-076942, 09-033-076547, 09-033-077931 and 09-033-078152

On March 4, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board administratively suspended Andrew George Adams's, III, license to practice law for failure to comply with a subpoenae duces tecum.

 

February 27, 2009     *

Maxime Austria Frias, 4605 Pembroke Lake Circuit, Suite 302 B, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23455

09-000-077782

On February 27, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended Maxime Austria Frias's license to practice law, based on his December 10, 2008, guilty plea in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to making a false statement. The board ordered Mr. Frias to appear March 27, 2009, and show cause why his license should not be further suspended or revoked.

*On March 27, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Maxime Austria Frias's license to practice law. On December 10, 2008, Mr. Frias pled guilty in the U.S. District Court-Eastern District of Virginia to charges of making false statements for the purpose of obtaining permanent residency for an immigration client. Mr. Frias consented to the revocation. His license had been suspended since February 27, 2009, pending a show cause hearing.

view Frias order (pdf posted 04/01/09)*

 

February 27, 2009     *

Bada Phu Nguyen, Nguyen Associates, 6107-E Arlington Boulevard,

Falls Church, Virginia 22044

VSB Docket No. 09-000-078277

On February 27, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended Bada Phu Nguyen's license to practice law, based on his guilty plea in Fairfax County General District Court to a charge of embezzlement. The board ordered Mr. Nguyen to appear on March 27, 2009, to show cause why his license should not be further suspended or revoked.

*On March 24, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Bada Phu Nguyen's license to practice law. Mr. Nguyen consented to the revocation. He pled guilty in Fairfax County General District Court to a charge of embezzlement. His license had been suspended since February 27, 2009, pending a show cause hearing.

view Nguyen order (pdf posted 04/01/09)*

 

February 27, 2009     *

Kevin Michael Cunningham, 8019 Kiwi Point, Tega Cay, South Carolina 29708

VSB Docket No. 09-000-078512

On February 27, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended Kevin Michael Cunningham's license to practice law, based on his disbarment by consent in South Carolina. The board ordered Mr. Cunningham to appear on March 27, 2009, to show cause why his Virginia license should not be further suspended or revoked.

*On March 27, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Kevin Michael Cunningham's license to practice law in Virginia.

view Cunningham final order (pdf posted 04/16/09)*

 

February 27, 2009    *

Nathan Harold Wasser, 43 Greene Street, Cumberland, MD 21502-2926

VSB Docket No. 09-000-078453

On February 26, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended Nathan Harold Wasser's license to practice of law, based on his disbarment by consent on February 3, 2009, by the Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland. The board ordered Mr. Wasser to appear on March 26, 2009, to show cause why the same discipline imposed in Maryland should not be imposed in Virginia.

On March 24, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Nathan Harold Wasser's license to practice law in Virginia.  Mr. Wasser consented to the revocation.  He was disbarred in Maryland on February 3, 2009, and his Virginia license was suspended on February 26, 2009, pending a show cause hearing.

view Wasser consent to revocation (pdf posted 04/17/09)*

 

February 26, 2009     * 

Richard Francis Papcun, 625 Southpark Boulevard, Colonial Heights, Virginia 23834

VSB Docket No. 08-031-075283

On February 19, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Richard Francis Papcun's license administratively to practice law for failure to comply with a subpoena duces tecum.

*On March 26, 2010, Mr. Papcun complied with the subpoena duces tecum and the suspension was lifted.

 

February 26, 2009

Wade Trent Compton, Compton & Compton, P.C., P.O. Box 1000, Lebanon, Virginia 24266

VSB Docket No. 09-000-077172

On February 20, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Wade Trent Compton's license to practice law, on impairment grounds.

view Compton order (pdf posted 03/20/09)*

 

February 25, 2009

Christopher J. Collins, 304 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219-3820

VSB Docket No. 07-033-070911

On December 4, 2008, the Virginia State Bar Third District-Section III Committee imposed a public dismissal de minimis on Christopher J. Collins for violating a professional rule that governs misconduct by committing a criminal or deliberately wrongful act that reflects adversely on the lawyer's honesty, trustworthiness or fitness to practice law. The subcommittee determined that, by taking photographs of a client whom he was defending in a criminal matter, Mr. Collins violated the foundation of trust between an attorney and client.

view Collins order (pdf posted 02/25/09)*

 

February 25, 2009

Daniel Jason Miller, Miller, Reagan & Associates, 4768 Euclid Road, Suite 104, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462

VSB Docket No. 08-022-074392

On February 20, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Second District Committee imposed a public reprimand with terms on Daniel Jason Miller for violating the disciplinary rule that governs declining or terminating representation. The violation occurred when Mr. Miller failed to appear on behalf of a client in a child support hearing and did not withdraw from the case and protect his client's interests as the rules require. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Miller order (pdf posted 02/25/09)*

 

February 25, 2009

Steven Lieberman, 700 Newtown Road, Suite 11, Norfolk, Virginia 23502-3904

VSB Docket Nos. 07-022-070561, 08-022-074382

On February 20, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Steven Lieberman's license to practice law. In consenting to the revocation, Mr. Lieberman admitted that he violated disciplinary rules that govern fees, diligence, safekeeping property, and misconduct that reflects adversely on the lawyer's fitness to practice. The violations occurred in his representations in a divorce and a lawsuit to determine real estate interests in a former business partnership. In both cases, Mr. Lieberman mishandled client funds.

view Lieberman order (pdf posted 02/25/09)*

 

February 25, 2009

Kelly Ralston Dennis, 6718 Whittier Avenue, No. 200, McLean, Virginia 22101

VSB Docket Nos. 07-051-064900, 07-051-070590, 08-051-072502, 08-051-072990, 08-051-074032

On January 23, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Kelly Ralston Dennis's license to practice law for six months with terms, effective February 20, 2009. Mr. Dennis violated professional rules that govern diligence, communication, and safekeeping property. The violations occurred in five cases in which he failed to deposit clients' fees into his trust account, as the professional rules require. The terms include unannounced inspections of his accounts by the Virginia State Bar for two years.

view Dennis order (pdf posted 02/25/09)*

 

February 25, 2009

John Lawson Moss, 626 Peery Addition Road, Tazewell, Virginia 24651

VSB Docket Nos. 07-102-071016, 07-102-071189, 08-102-071564, 08-102-072295, 08-102-072297, 08-102-072416, 08-102-073045, 08-102-073116, 08-102-075544

On February 2, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked John Lawson Moss's license to practice law for violating professional rules that govern competence; diligence; communication; safekeeping property, including record keeping requirements and accounting procedures; delivery of former client's file; and misconduct that reflects adversely on a lawyer's honesty, trustworthiness or fitness to practice. In consenting to the revocation, Mr. Moss admitted to misconduct charges in nine pending disciplinary cases. In six of the cases, he failed to deposit client fees in his trust account, as the professional rules require.

view Moss order (pdf posted 02/25/09)*

 

February 25, 2009

Johnnie Warren Tomlin, 3959 Electric Road, Suite 105, Roanoke, Virginia 24018

VSB Docket No. 06-080-4094

On January 29, 2009, a three-judge panel of the City of Roanoke Circuit Court suspended Johnnie Warren Tomlin's license for five days, effective February 23, 2009, for violating the professional rule that governs misconduct by engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation that reflects adversely on the lawyer's fitness to practice. Without his wife's knowledge, Mr. Tomlin signed her name to a special power of attorney, which he used to purchase a beach house and obtain a mortgage. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Tomlin order (pdf posted 02/25/09)*

 

February 25, 2009

Uzair Mansoor Siddiqui, 12944 Center Entrance Court, Manassas, Virginia 20109

VSB Docket Nos. 08-052-071295, 08-052-072646

On January 23, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Uzair Mansoor Siddiqui's license to practice law for violating professional rules that govern diligence; communication; safekeeping property, including recordkeeping; declining or terminating representation, including delivering a former client's file; and bar admission and disciplinary matters. In consenting to the revocation, Mr. Siddiqui admitted that, in a domestic relations matter and a bankruptcy case, he had failed to communicate with clients and had not cooperated with the VSB investigation. In the bankruptcy case, he failed to deposit a client's fee in his trust account, as the professional rules require.

view Siddiqui order (pdf posted 02/25/09)*

 

February 25, 2009

Charles William Austin Jr., 119 Huddersfield Drive, Richmond, Virginia 23236

VSB Docket Nos. 06-031-0669, 07-031-2196, 09-031-075999

On January 23, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Charles William Austin Jr.'s license to practice law. In an affidavit consenting to the revocation, Mr. Austin admitted to the material facts of allegations in three pending misconduct cases, and said he could not defend himself if disciplinary charges were prosecuted. While representing clients in two actions for securities fraud, he told the clients that he had filed their complaints when he had not, and he made other misrepresentations. In a third case, he took funds he was not entitled to from a monetary settlement that should have been held in trust.

view Austin order (pdf posted 02/25/09)*

 

February 25, 2009

Lindsey Owen Sutherland, 4085 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 300, Fairfax, Virginia 22030-4106

VSB Docket Nos. 07-051-1150, 07-051-2846

On December 12, 2008, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Lindsey Owen Sutherland's license to practice law for thirty days for violating professional rules that govern competence, diligence, communication, and declining or terminating representation. The cases involved a personal injury representation and a debt collection matter.

view Sutherland order (pdf posted 02/25/09)*

 

February 25, 2009   *   **   ***

Peter Paul Mitrano, P.O. Box 3973, Merrifield, Virginia 22116

VSB Docket No. 09-000-076109

On December 12, 2008, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Peter Paul Mitrano's license to practice law, based on his disbarment by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Should he apply for reinstatement in Virginia, in addition to the usual conditions he must also prove that he paid restitution to a client of $241,336.59, less any amount he can prove he was entitled to. Mr. Mitrano's Virginia license was suspended on August 22, 2008, pending the December 12 hearing.

view Mitrano order (pdf posted 02/25/09)*

*On January 20, 2009, Mr. Mitrano filed an appeal with the Supreme Court of Virginia.

**On May 22, 2009, the Supreme Court of Virginia dismissed the appeal.

***On September 24, 2009, the Supreme Court of Virginia denied the petition for rehearing.

 

February 25, 2009   * **

Ronald Marc Cohen, Suite 112, 2300 South Ninth Street, Arlington, Virginia 22204-2320

VSB Docket No. 09-000-075107

On November 21, 2008, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Ronald Marc Cohen's license to practice law. Mr. Cohen pled guilty in Arlington County Circuit Court to Internet solicitation of, and attempted indecent liberties with, a minor. His license has been suspended since July 24, 2008, pending a show cause hearing.

view Cohen order (pdf posted 02/25/09)*

*On January 20, 2009, Mr. Cohen filed an appeal with the Supreme Court of Virginia.

**On February 20, 2009, Mr. Cohen withdrew his appeal.

 

February 25, 2009   *  **  ***  ****  *****  ******   *******

Walter Franklin Green IV, 77 North Liberty Street, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22802

VSB Docket Nos. 05-070-4678, 06-070-0739, 06-070-2089, 06-070-2259

On August 22, 2008, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Walter Franklin Green IV's license to practice law for eighteen months for violating professional rules that govern communication, safekeeping property, and declining or terminating representation. The violations occurred during Mr. Green's representations in a criminal matter and a lawsuit against an insurance company. Two cases against Mr. Green were dismissed.

view Opinion re Green (this link will take you to the website of the Supreme Court of Virginia)

view Green order (pdf posted 02/25/09)*

*On August 25, 2008, Mr. Green filed an appeal with the Supreme Court of Virginia.

**On November 20, 2008, Mr. Green filed an amended notice of appeal.

***On December 12, 2008, the Supreme Court of Virginia granted a stay of the suspension pending the appeal.

****On September 24, 2009, the Supreme Court of Virginia denied the petition for rehearing.

*****On October 15, 2009, the Supreme Court of Virginia affirmed the decision of the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board.

******On October 19, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Mr. Green's license to practice law.

*******On May 20, 2010, the Supreme Court of Virginia affirmed the decision of the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board.

view Green suspension order (pdf posted 10/21/09)

 

February 25, 2009   *  **   ***     ****

Timothy Martin Barrett, The Injury Law Institute of Virginia, 108 Galaxy Way, Yorktown, Virginia 23693

VSB Docket No. 07-022-070253

On August 1, 2008, a three-judge panel of the York County Circuit Court revoked Timothy Martin Barrett's license to practice law, for violating a professional rule that governs meritorious claims and contentions. Mr. Barrett repeatedly made frivolous pro se arguments to the Grayson County Circuit Court and to the Virginia Court of Appeals in arguing that as a noncustodial parent he had no duty to support his minor children. In revoking Mr. Barrett's license, the court considered his record of litigation misconduct, which led to two previous license suspensions.

view Barrett order (pdf posted 02/25/09)*

*On September 23, 2008, Mr. Barrett filed an appeal with the Supreme Court of Virginia.

**On May 1, 2009, Mr. Barrett petitioned the Supreme Court of Virginia for a rehearing.

***On June 12, 2009, the Supreme Court of Virginia denied the petition for rehearing.

****On July 1, 2009, the Supreme Court of Virginia affirmed the decision of the three-judge court revoking Mr. Barrett's license to practice law.

 

February 25, 2009

Wade Trent Compton, Compton & Compton PC, Post Office Box 1000, Lebanon, Virginia 24266

VSB Docket No. 06-102-3595

On December 15, 2008, a three-judge panel of the Dickenson County Circuit Court suspended Wade Trent Compton's license to practice law for five years with terms for violating professional rules that govern conflict of interest and misconduct that involves a criminal or deliberately wrongful act that reflects adversely on the lawyer's honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer. Mr. Compton stipulated in an agreed disposition that he engaged in sexual conduct with clients while employed at a licensed legal aid society.

view Compton order (pdf posted 02/25/09)*

 

February 11, 2009

Michael Jackson Beattie, 2663 Manhattan Place, Suite 106, Vienna, Virginia 22108

VSB Case Nos. 06-051-3317, 07-051-1351, 07-051-1867, 07-051-2331

On December 29, 2008, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Michael Jackson Beattie's license to practice law. In consenting to the revocation, Mr. Beattie admitted that he had violated disciplinary rules that govern competence, diligence, communication, disregarding court rules or orders, disruptive conduct toward tribunal, and supervision of nonlawyer assistants. The misconduct occurred in a civil representation and in appeals of cases that involved a complaint of workplace discrimination, workers' compensation benefits, and an employee discharge.

view Beattie order (pdf posted 02/12/09)*

 

January 22, 2009     *

Steven Scott Biss, 36 Bear Alley, Suite 400, Petersburg, Virginia 23803

VSB Docket No. 05-033-0055

On October 17, 2008, a three-judge panel of the Chesterfield County Circuit Court imposed a suspension of one year and one day on Steven Scott Biss, effective January 1, 2009. In a corporate and securities matter, he violated professional rules that govern competence, scope of representation, and misconduct that involves deliberately wrongful acts that reflect adversely on his fitness to practice.

view Biss order (pdf posted 01/22/09)*

view Biss order (pdf posted 06/11/09)*

*On May 4, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board found that Mr. Biss complied with Virginia Supreme Court Rule Part 6, Section IV, Paragraph 13.M.

 

January 22, 2009

James Spaulding Powell, 350 Indiana Street, Golden, Colorado 80401

VSB Docket Nos. 07-031-2686 and 07-000-2690

On December 17, 2008, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked James Spaulding Powell's license to practice law. In his consent to the revocation, Mr. Powell admitted that a client had given him money to settle a matter with the Internal Revenue System, but the check Mr. Powell issued to the IRS on the client's behalf was returned for insufficient funds. He also admitted that, after a VSB suspension in 2006, he had failed to notify a client of the suspension.

view Powell order (pdf posted 01/22/09)*

 

January 22, 2009

Adam Harrison Bryant, 5908 Sierra Grande Drive, Austin, Texas 78759

VSB Docket No. 09-000-076567

On October 24, 2008, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Adam Harrison Bryant's license to practice law. He was convicted in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia of engaging in interstate commerce for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual contact and of enticing a child or minor, both felony offenses. Mr. Bryant's license was suspended October 2, 2008, pending the disciplinary hearing.

view Bryant order (pdf posted 01/22/09)*

 

January 12, 2009

Judy Raye Moats, 4041 University Drive, Suite 301, Fairfax, Virginia 22030

VSB Docket No. 07-052-2720

On December 15, 2008, a Virginia State Bar Fifth District-Section II Subcommittee imposed a public reprimand on Judy Raye Moats for violating the professional rule that governs communication. In a real estate dispute, Ms. Moats failed to respond to the client's inquiries in a timely manner. This was an agreed disposition.

view Moats determination, Docket Number 07-052-2720 (pdf posted 01/15/09)*

 

January 12, 2009

Judy Raye Moats, 4041 University Drive, Suite 301, Fairfax, Virginia 22030

VSB Docket No. 06-052-4071

On December 15, 2008, a Virginia State Bar Fifth District-Section II Subcommittee imposed a public reprimand on Judy Raye Moats for violating professional rules that govern diligence, communication, and bar admission and disciplinary matters. While serving as the attorney for the personal representative of a decedent's estate, Ms. Moats failed to file an accounting for the estate, make disbursements, and respond to the client's and the court's communications. Ms. Moats then failed to respond to the Virginia State Bar's requests for information. This was an agreed disposition.

view Moats determination, Docket Number 06-052-4071 (pdf posted 01/15/09)*

 

January 9, 2009

John O. Iweanoge, 1026 Monroe Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20017-1760

VSB Docket No. 08-041-074206

On December 17, 2008, a Virginia State Bar Fourth District-Section I Subcommittee issued a public admonition to John O. Iweanoge for violating professional rules that govern competence, communication, and fee sharing. The discipline is in response to a public informal admonition issued to Mr. Iweanoge by the District of Columbia for misconduct in his handling of a personal injury lawsuit he filed in the Circuit Court of Prince George's County, Maryland. This was an agreed disposition .

view Iweanoge determination (pdf posted 01/09/09)*

 

January 8, 2009

Jennings T. Bird, The Bird Law Firm PC, Post Office Box 2795, Roanoke, Virginia 24001-2795

VSB Docket No. 07-080-1397

On November 21, 2008, a three-judge panel in the Roanoke County Circuit Court imposed a public reprimand on Jennings T. Bird for violating a professional rule that governs fairness to opposing party and counsel. Mr. Bird released a witness in a custody dispute from a subpoena issued by opposing counsel. This was an agreed disposition.

view Bird Final order (pdf posted 01/09/09)*

 

January 8, 2009

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

VSB Docket No. 08-090-072950

On November 25, 2008, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board imposed a public reprimand with terms on Peter Campbell Sackett for violating professional rules that govern diligence and safekeeping property. The misconduct occurred in connection with a real estate transaction. Mr. Sackett must hire a certified public accountant to bring his accounts into compliance. This was an agreed disposition.

view Sackett final order (pdf posted 01/09/09)*

 

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