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Disciplinary System Actions

January – June 30, 2010

(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 29, 2011

 

 


 

June 30, 2010

Anthony Gerome Davis, 829 Arkadelphia Road, Birmingham, Alabama 35204

VSB Docket No. 10-000-083444

On June 10, 2010, the Virginia State Bar suspended Anthony Gerome Davis's license to practice law for four years, effective October 19, 2009. Mr. Davis did not comply with the board's order to refund money and pay expenses of a complainant in a previous disciplinary case. Mr. Davis received an eight-month suspension in that matter and has been ineligible to practice law since October 19, 2009.

View Davis Order (PDF Posted 7/2/10)

 

June 30, 2010

Vaughan Christopher Jones, Johnston Jones LLP, 1622 West Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23220

VSB Docket No. 10-033-082001

On June 3, 2010, the Virginia State Bar Third District Committee imposed a public reprimand with terms on Vaughan Christopher Jones for violating disciplinary rules that govern diligence, declining or terminating representation, and failing to respond to a lawful demand for information from a disciplinary authority. The misconduct occurred in his withdrawal from a criminal defense representation.

View Jones Order (PDF posted 7/1/10)

 

June 30, 2010

Robert Edley Jr., 1516 West Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23227

VSB Docket Nos. 09-033-076276, 09-033-076344, 09-033-076751, 09-033-077278

On June 16, 2010, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Robert Edley Jr.'s license to practice law. In consenting to the revocation, Mr. Edley acknowledged the material facts of four pending disciplinary cases and that he could not successfully defend against the charges.

View Edley Order (PDF posted 7/1/10)

 

June 28, 2010

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

VSB Docket No. 09-022-077938

On May 21, 2010, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Paul Granville Watson IV's license to practice law for sixty days for violating disciplinary rules that govern diligence, communication, and failing to respond to a lawful demand from a disciplinary authority. The misconduct occurred in a court-appointed criminal appeal.

View Watson Order (PDF posted 6/28/10)

 

June 24, 2010

Robert Britton Armstrong, 3 McDowell Street, Lexington, Virginia 24450

VSB Docket No.: 09-080-078374 and 09-080-077694

Effective June 25, 2010, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Robert Britton Armstrong's license to practice law for thirty days for violating the professional rule that governs misconduct that reflects adversely on the lawyer's honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness to practice. Mr. Armstrong acknowledged that he was recorded making a sexual advance toward a client who was in jail. He pled no contest to misdemeanor sexual assault in a criminal prosecution of the case. This was an agreed disposition of the disciplinary charges.

View Armstrong Order (pdf posted 6/24/10)

 

June 22, 2010

Michael Raymond Thames, Apartment 835, 1320 North Veitch Street, Arlington, Virginia 22201

VSB Docket No. 09-041-079745

On June 21, 2010, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board administratively suspended Michael Raymond Thames's license to practice law for failure to comply with a subpoena duces tecum.

 

June 22, 2010

James Berkley Priest, The Law Firm of James Berkley Priest, 420 Hamilton Blvd., South Boston, Virginia 24592

VSB Docket No. 10-000-081192

On June 21, 2010, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended James Berkley Priest's license to practice law on impairment grounds.

View Priest Order ( PDF posted 6/28/10)

 

August 10, 2010

Dean Spiro Kalivas, Suite 2200, 1420 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

VSB Docket No. 06-053-3184

Effective June 15, 2010, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Dean Spiro Kalivas's license to practice law. The board found he had failed to comply with professional rules that govern fees, safekeeping property, unauthorized practice of law, firm names and letterheads, and misconduct that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness or fitness to practice. The misconduct included trust account violations. This was an agreed disposition of disciplinary charges.

View Kalivas Order (PDF Posted 8/30/10)

 

June 16, 2010     *

William David Timberlake, 1720 River Court, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454

VSB Docket No. 10-000-083869

On May 27, 2010, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended William David Timberlake's license to practice law based on his May 17, 2010, guilty plea in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk Division, to wire fraud. The board ordered him to appear on June 25, 2010, to show cause why his license should not be further suspended or revoked.

*On June 22, 2010, Mr. Timberlake consented to the revocation of his license to practice law.

View Timberlake Order (PDF Posted 7/2/10)

 

June 15, 2010

Linda Lee Cupit, Cupit Law Office, 5348 Lynbrook Landing, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462

VSB Docket No. 10-022-083480

On May 20, 2010, the Virginia State Bar Second District Committee dismissed ethics charges against Linda Lee Cupit for lack of clear and convincing evidence.

View Cupit Order (PDF posted 6/28/10)

 

June 15, 2010

Jan C. Smith, 15381 Kings Highway, Montross, Virginia 22520

VSB Docket No. 09-060-076463

On May 20, 2010, a Virginia State Bar Sixth District Subcommittee imposed a public reprimand with terms on Jan C. Smith for violating disciplinary rules that govern competence, diligence, communication, and failure to respond to a lawful demand for information from a disciplinary authority. This was an agreed disposition of disciplinary charges.

View Smith Order (PDF posted 6/28/10)

 

June 11, 2010     *

Michael Mitry Hadeed, Jr., Hadeed, Sexauer & Shekib, P.C.

607 Oakley Place, Alexandria, Virginia 22302

VSB Docket No.10-000-077606

On May 27, 2010, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended Michael Mitry Hadeed Jr.'s license to practice law based on his 2009 conviction in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division, of conspiracy to commit immigration fraud and other charges. The board ordered him to appear June 25, 2010, to show cause why his license should not be further suspended or revoked.

*On June 16, 2010, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board continued the case to August 27, 2010.

 

June 11, 2010     *

Spiros S. Anthony, Suite 205, 5510 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA 22204

VSB Docket No. 10-000-083868

On May 27, 2010, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended Spiros S. Anthony's license to practice law, in response to his guilty plea to felony embezzlement in the Loudoun County Circuit Court. The board ordered him to appear on June 25, 2010, to show cause why his license should not be further suspended or revoked.

*On June 28, 2010, Mr. Anthony consented to the revocation of his license to practice law.

View Anthony Order (PDF Posted 7/2/10)

 

May 20, 2010

Joseph Marshall Garrett, 770 Main Street, Danville, Virginia 24541-1804

VSB Docket Nos. 09-090-079759, 10-090-080731

On May 12, 2010, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board issued a public reprimand with terms to Joseph Marshall Garrett for violating professional rules that govern safekeeping property and responsibilities regarding nonlawyer assistants. In two cases, which occurred after Mr. Garrett's bookkeeper became disabled, Mr. Garrett failed to account for client fees as the rules require. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Garrett order (PDF posted 6/8/10)

 

May 17, 2010

Kimberly Loyd Scott, 1649 Middlebrook Lane, Virginia Beach, VA 23464

VSB Docket No.: 10-000-082142

On May 17, 2010, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board issued a public reprimand with terms to Kimberly Loyd Scott for violating the Virginia Consumer Real Estate Settlement Protection Act and fined her $6,000. This is an agreed disposition of the CRESPA charges.

view Scott CRESPA order (PDF posted 6/8/10)

 

May 17, 2010

Kimberly Loyd Scott, 1649 Middlebrook Lane, Virginia Beach, VA 23464

VSB Docket No. 09-021-076863, 09-021-078757

On May 17, 2010, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board issued a public reprimand with terms to Kimberly Loyd Scott for violating professional rules that govern competence, diligence, safekeeping property, and misconduct that reflects adversely on a lawyer's fitness to practice. The misconduct occurred in two real estate closings. This was an agreed disposition of disciplinary charges.

view Scott order (PDF posted 6/8/10)

 

May 19, 2010

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

VSB Docket Nos. 08-042-074643, 09-042-079863, 09-042-077378

On May 18, 2010, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Crystal Anita Gist Fisher's license to practice law. In consenting to the revocation, Ms. Fisher acknowledged the material facts of pending disciplinary charges and that she could not successfully defend herself against the charges.

view Fisher order (pdf posted 05/21/10)*

 

May 13, 2010

Nnika Evangeline White, Suite 301, 2505 Pocoshock Place, Richmond, VA 23235

VSB Docket Nos. 09-031-076943, 09-031-078618

On May 7, 2010, a Virginia State Bar Third District-Section I Subcommittee issued a public admonition to Nnika Evangeline White for violating professional rules that govern diligence, communication, and failing to respond to a lawful demand for information from a disciplinary authority. The misconduct occurred in her representations in a bankruptcy and a divorce. This was an agreed disposition of disciplinary charges.

view White order (pdf posted 05/21/10)*

 

May 13, 2010

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

VSB Docket No. 09-051-079535

On May 12, 2010, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board administratively suspended Barbara Lyn Brackett's license to practice law for failure to comply with a subpoena duces tecum.

 

May 13, 2010

Neville Paul Crenshaw, P.O. Box 220123, Chantilly, Virginia 20153-0123

VSB Docket No. 10-051-082459

On May 12, 2010, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board administratively suspended Neville Paul Crenshaw's license to practice law for failure to comply with a subpoena duces tecum.

 

May 11, 2010

Diane Baily Fenton, 5122 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462-6023

VSB Docket No.09-022-078407

On April 23, 2010, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Diane Baily Fenton's license to practice law for sixty days, effective April 30, 2010, and imposed terms, for violating professional rules that govern diligence and declining or terminating representation. Ms. Fenton stipulated that, during her representation in a child support matter, she failed to respond in a timely fashion to requests for discovery and to other communications.

view Fenton order (pdf posted 05/21/10)*

 

May 10, 2010

Ruth Arleathia Norrell, 8907 Providence Ridge Terrace, Richmond, Virginia 23234

VSB Docket No. 08-032-072392

On April 20, 2010, a Virginia State Bar Third District-Section II Subcommittee issued a dismissal de minimis to Ruth Arleathia Norrell for violating a disciplinary rule that governs unauthorized practice of law. The committee determined she held herself out as a practicing lawyer while she was an associate member of the Virginia bar.

view Norrell order (pdf posted 05/21/10)*

 

May 6, 2010

Stephen Alan Bamberger, 15710 Beacon Court, Dumfries, Virginia 22025

VSB Docket No. 08-052-074046

On April 30, 2010, a Virginia State Bar Fifth District-Section II Subcommittee issued a public reprimand to Stephen Alan Bamberger for violating professional rules that govern competence, diligence, communication, safekeeping property, and declining or terminating representation. The misconduct occurred in his representation of the executor of an estate. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Bamberger order (pdf posted 05/21/10)*

 

May 6, 2010

Larry Cecil Brown Jr., Suite 600, 1800 Diagonal Road, Alexandria, Virginia 22314

VSB Docket No. 07-053-1194

On April 30, 2010, a Virginia State Bar Fifth District-Section III Subcommittee issued a public admonition to Larry Cecil Brown Jr. for violating professional rules that govern communication, safekeeping property, and declining or terminating representation. The misconduct occurred in Mr. Brown's employment to appeal a murder conviction in Maryland. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Brown order (pdf posted 05/21/10)*

 

May 5, 2010

John Lester Squires III, 808 North Hamilton Street, Richmond, VA 23221

VSB Docket Nos. 09-031-076263 and 09-031-076442

On April 23, 2010, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended John Lester Squires III's license to practice law for nine months for violating disciplinary rules that govern diligence, communication, fees, safekeeping property, declining or terminating representation, and misconduct that reflects adversely on the lawyer's honesty, trustworthiness or fitness to practice. Mr. Squires stipulated that he abandoned his practice and did not protect the interests of his clients in two cases.

view Squires order (pdf posted 05/21/10)*

 

 

April 29, 2010

David Glenn Hubbard, Leiser, Leiser & Hennessy, PLLC, Suite 310 8229 Boone Boulevard, Vienna, Virginia 22182-2623

VSB Docket Nos. 07-032-1466, 07-032-062224

On April 26, 2010, a Virginia State Bar Third District, Section II, Subcommittee issued a public reprimand to David Glenn Hubbard for violating disciplinary rules that govern diligence, communication, declining or terminating representation and failing to respond to a lawful demand for information from a disciplinary authority. The misconduct occurred in two criminal representations and the ensuing bar investigations. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Hubbard order (pdf posted 05/05/10)*

 

April 29, 2010

John Edward Jessee, Jessee & Read, PC, 200 West Valley Street, P.O. Box 1506, Abingdon, VA 24212-1506

VSB Docket No. 09-102-079600

On April 26, 2010, a Virginia State Bar Tenth District, Section II, Subcommittee issued a public reprimand with terms to John Edward Jessee for violating disciplinary rules that govern safekeeping property and responsibilities regarding nonlawyer assistants. Mr. Jessee failed to manage and reconcile a real estate escrow account from which a bookkeeper for his law firm embezzled funds. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Jessee order (pdf posted 05/05/10)*

 

April 27, 2010

Jon Ian Davey, Law Office of Jon I. Davey, 128 South Market Street, P.O. Box 777, Danville, VA 24543-0777

VSB Docket Nos. 09-090-079790 and 09-090-079865

On April 23, 2010, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Jon Ian Davey's license to practice law for sixty days for violating professional rules that govern diligence and communication. Mr. Davey failed to perfect appeals to the Virginia Court of Appeals in three criminal cases and failed to appear for oral arguments in two other cases.

view Davey order (pdf posted 05/21/10)*

 

April 23, 2010

James Pearce Brice Jr., Law Office of James P. Brice, Jr., Suite 217, 3500 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452

VSB Docket No. 09-022-076815

On April 20, 2010, a Virginia State Bar Second District Subcommittee issued a public reprimand with terms to James Pearce Brice Jr. for violating professional rules that govern fees and declining or terminating representation. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Brice order (pdf posted 05/05/10)*

 

April 14, 2010

Hugh Fairley O’Donnell, Client Centered Legal Services, P.O. Box 829, Norton, Virginia  24273

VSB Docket No.07-102-2580

On April 9, 2010, a three-judge panel of the Wise County Circuit Court issued a dismissal for exceptional circumstances to Hugh Fairley O’Donnell. The court found he had violated disciplinary rules that govern scope of representation and communication, but there existed exceptional circumstances that mitigated against further proceedings.

view O’Donnell order (pdf posted 04/19/10)*

 

April 12, 2010

Richard Francis Papcun, P.O. Box 751, Colonial Heights, Virginia  23834

VSB Docket No. 08-031-075283

On March 22, 2010, a Virginia State Bar Third District-Section I Subcommittee issued a public admonition to Richard Francis Papcun for failing to respond to a lawful demand for information from the Virginia State Bar. Mr. Papcun did not respond to letters and a subpoena the bar sent during investigation of a complaint. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Papcun order (pdf posted 04/15/10)*

 

April 12, 2010

Richard Scott Gordon, PLC, Suite 1, 708 Thimble Shoals Boulevard, Newport News, Virginia 23606

VSB Docket No. 08-010-075370

On April 2, 2010, a Virginia State Bar First District Subcommittee issued a public reprimand to Richard Scott Gordon for violating professional rules that govern diligence, communication, and failure to respond to a lawful demand for information from a disciplinary authority. This was an agreed disposition of disciplinary charges.

view Gordon order (pdf posted 04/15/10)*

 

April 12, 2010

Jenny Susan Barone, 27 Hilliard Road, Richmond, Virginia  23228-4467

VSB Docket # 08-032-071996

On April 2, 2010, a Virginia State Bar Third District Subcommittee issued a public admonition to Jenny Susan Barone for violating disciplinary rules that govern safekeeping property and declining or terminating representation.  The misconduct occurred when Ms. Barone closed her law practice.  This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Barone order (pdf posted 04/15/10)*

 

April 1, 2010

Carl Christen La Mondue, La Mondue Law Firm, P.L.C., Suite 400, 500 East Plume Street, Norfolk, Virginia 23510

VSB Docket No. 09-022-079574

On March 29, 2010, a Virginia State Bar Second District Subcommittee issued a public reprimand to Carl Christen La Mondue for violating professional rules that govern diligence and declining or terminating representation. The misconduct occurred in a divorce representation. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view LaMondue order (pdf posted 04/13/10)*

 

March 29, 2010

Stephen Martin Gunther, #101, 4646 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462

VSB Docket No. 10-000-082936

On March 23, 2010, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Stephen Martin Gunther's license to practice law. In consenting to the revocation, Mr. Gunther acknowledged that a VSB disciplinary case was pending in connection with a federal charge of wire fraud filed against him February 23, 2010, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk Division. The criminal information alleged that he devised a scheme to obtain almost $1 million from lending institutions by fraudulently obtaining financing for real estate transactions in which he was settlement agent. He acknowledged that the allegations are true and constitute misconduct that reflects adversely on his honesty, trustworthiness, and fitness to practice.

view Gunther order (pdf posted 04/13/10)*

 

March 26, 2010

Timothy James Wall, The Law Office of Timothy J. Wall, Suite 300, 150 Riverside Parkway, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22406

VSB Docket No. 06-060-3006

On March 4, 2010, a Virginia State Bar Sixth District Subcommittee issued a public reprimand with terms to Timothy James Wall for violating disciplinary rules that govern diligence, safekeeping property, declining or terminating representation, and responsibilities regarding nonlawyer assistants. The misconduct occurred during Mr. Wall's representation of a client charged with felony hit-and-run and alcohol-related traffic offenses. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Wall order (pdf posted 04/13/10)*

 

March 22, 2010

Bernice Marie Stafford Turner, P. O. Box 26034, Richmond, Virginia 23260

VSB Docket Nos. 06-032-2194, 06-032-3244, 06-032-4117, 07-032-0520, and 07-032-2543

On March 15, 2010, a Virginia State Bar Third District Subcommittee issued a public reprimand to Bernice Marie Stafford Turner for violating disciplinary rules that govern competence, diligence, communication, safekeeping property, declining or terminating representation, and failing to respond to a disciplinary authority's lawful demand for information. The misconduct occurred in five cases that involved criminal defense, an appeal of a criminal case, bankruptcies, a real estate matter, and a forfeiture. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Turner order (pdf posted 03/29/10)*

 

March 22, 2010

Edgar Rawlings Jones, P. O. Box 3696 Williamsburg, Virginia 23187

VSB Docket No. 07-060-070895

On March 4, 2010, a Virginia State Bar Sixth District Subcommittee issued a public admonition to Edgar Rawlings Jones for violating a professional rule that governs declining or terminating representation. The misconduct occurred in a case that involved possible employment discrimination and a workers' compensation claim. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Jones order (pdf posted 03/29/10)*

 

March 19, 2010

Brian Keith Stevens, Suite B, 3711 Westerre Parkway, Henrico, Virginia 23233

Glen Allen, Virginia

VSB Docket Nos. 08-032-073327 and, 10-000-082113

On March 16, 2010, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board issued a public reprimand with terms to Brian Keith Stevens for violating the Consumer Real Estate Settlement Protection Act provisions that govern escrow accounts and for violating disciplinary rules that govern diligence and safekeeping property. The board ordered him to pay a $500 fine. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Stevens order (pdf posted 03/29/10)*

 

March 19, 2010

Wayne Richard Hartke, Hartke Law Offices, 11890 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia 20191

VSB Docket No. 05-053-3993

On March 11, 2010, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board issued a public reprimand to Wayne Richard Hartke for violating disciplinary rules that govern an organization as a client. The case involved his failure to keep members of a board of directors informed about actions that were taken by a corporation and pertained to the directors' interests. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Hartke order (pdf posted 03/29/10)*

 

March 9, 2010

Bruce Patrick Ganey, 10985 Richardson Road, P. O. Box 6006, Ashland, Virginia 23005

VSB Docket No. 05-060-2006

On February 24, 2010, a Virginia State Bar Sixth District Subcommittee publicly reprimanded Bruce Patrick Ganey for violating professional rules that govern competence, communication, conflict of interest, prohibited transactions, safekeeping property, declining or terminating representation, and fairness to opposing parties or counsel. The misconduct occurred in his representation in an equitable distribution and spousal support matter, and included failure to pay his client's spousal support on time and to maintain adequate funds in his trust account for the client's support payments. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Ganey order (pdf posted 03/29/10)*

 

March 8, 2010

Joseph A. Pennington, 327 Duke Street, Norfolk, Virginia 23510

VSB Docket No. 09-021-078133

On January 13, 2010, a three-judge panel in the Norfolk Circuit Court issued a public reprimand with terms to Joseph A. Pennington for violating the disciplinary rule that governs diligence. Mr. Pennington twice failed to timely file a motion for reduction of a client's spousal support and failed to attend court hearings in the matter.

view Pennington order (pdf posted 03/16/10)*

 

March 5, 2010

Paul Lee Warren, Warren & Associates, PLC, Suite 100, 409 Duke Street, Norfolk, Virginia 23510

VSB Docket No. 09-021-076259

On February 22, 2010, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board issued a public reprimand to Paul Lee Warren for violating disciplinary rules that govern candor toward the tribunal, fairness to opposing party and counsel, and misconduct that reflects adversely on a lawyer's fitness to practice. The violations occurred in his interactions with a witness in a medical malpractice case - conduct that resulted in a criminal contempt finding against Mr. Warren by the judge in the case. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Warren order (pdf posted 03/08/10)*

 

March 5, 2010

Peter Campbell Sackett, Peter C. Sackett. P.C., 5058 Boonsboro Road, Lynchburg, Virginia 24503

VSB Docket No. 09-090-079941

On February 19, 2010, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Peter Campbell Sackett's license to practice law for violating disciplinary rules that govern diligence, communication, safekeeping property, declining or terminating representation, bar admission and disciplinary matters, and misconduct that involves dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation that reflects adversely on a lawyer's fitness to practice. The violations occurred in Mr. Sackett's representation of out-of-state clients in a land sale.

view Sackett order (pdf posted 03/16/10)*

 

March 5, 2010

Edgar Rawlings Jones, P.O. Box 3696, Williamsburg, Virginia 23187

VSB Docket No. 05-060-1676

On February 19, 2010, the Virginia State Bar Sixth District Subcommittee publicly reprimanded Edgar Rawlings Jones for violating disciplinary rules that govern competence and promptness, representing a client zealously, diligence, and misconduct that involves dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation. The violations occurred in a consultation on an employment matter. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Jones order (pdf posted 03/08/10)*

 

March 5, 2010

Jay Lawrence Pickus, 12020 Robson Street, Richmond, Virginia 23233

VSB Docket No. 09-033-076639

On February 19, 2010, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Jay Lawrence Pickus's license to practice law for four years for violating professional rules that govern diligence, communication, fees, and safekeeping property. The misconduct occurred in Mr. Pickus's representation in a federal lawsuit and included failure to maintain his client's accounts as required by the Rules of Professional Conduct.

view Pickus order (pdf posted 05/05/10)*

 

March 1, 2010     * **

Dale Eugene Duncan, 6019 Tower Court, Alexandria, Virginia 22304

VSB Docket Nos. 07-042-2301, 07-042-070782, 09-042-075845

On December 16, 2009, a three-judge panel in Alexandria Circuit Court suspended Dale Eugene Duncan's license to practice law for two years, effective December 23, 2009. The court found that Mr. Duncan engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation that reflects adversely on his fitness to practice law.

*On April 12, 2010, Mr. Duncan filed an appeal with the Supreme Court of Virginia.

**On January 27, 2011, the Supreme Court of Virginia affirmed the decision of the Circuit Court of the City of Alexandria.

view Duncan order (pdf posted 03/29/10)*

 

February 26, 2010     *  **  ***

Eugene Brian Harris, P.O. Box 7461, Portsmouth, Virginia 23701

VSB Docket No. 10-000-081113

On February 26, 2010, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended Eugene Brian Harris's license to practice law, based on his February 9, 2010, conviction of assault and battery of a law enforcement officer in the Chesapeake Circuit Court. The board ordered him to appear on March 26, 2010, to show cause why his license should not be further suspended or revoked.

*Mr. Harris's license was administratively suspended on October 9, 2009. He has been ineligible to practice law since that date.

**On March 18, 2010 the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board continued the case generally.

***On September 27, 2011, Mr. Harris consented to the revocation of his license.

 

Eugene Brian Harris, P.O. Box 7461, Portsmouth, Virginia 23703

VSB Docket No. 10-000-078799

On March 11, 2010, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended Eugene Brian Harris's license to practice law, based on his October 14, 2009, conviction in the Portsmouth Circuit Court of grand larceny from person, abduction, and conspiracy. The board ordered him to appear on March 26, 2010, to show cause why his license should not be further suspended or revoked.

*Mr. Harris’s license was administratively suspended on October 9, 2009. He has been ineligible to practice law since that date.

**On March 18, 2010, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board continued the case generally.

 

 

 

 

February 24, 2010

Thomas Michael Blanks Jr., 3rd Floor, 311 South Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia 23220

VSB Docket No. 08-032-07321

On February 10, 2010, a three-judge court of the Circuit Court of the City of Richmond issued a public reprimand with terms to Thomas Michael Blanks Jr. for violating disciplinary rules that govern safekeeping property, responsibilities regarding nonlawyer assistants, and misconduct that reflects adversely on the lawyer's honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness to practice. Mr. Blanks acknowledged that he failed to preserve escrow funds of clients and failed to maintain escrow accounts as required by the Rules of Professional Conduct. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Blanks order (pdf posted 5/21/10)*

 

February 16, 2010

Claudia Joy Zucker, Suite 205, 1840 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22201

VSB Docket No. 07-041-0908

On December 11, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Fourth District Committee-Section I issued a public reprimand to Claudia Joy Zucker for violating disciplinary rules that govern candor toward the tribunal and misconduct that reflects adversely on a lawyer's fitness to practice. While testifying as an expert witness before the Board of Immigration Appeals, Ms. Zucker stated under oath that a Virginia State Bar disciplinary complaint against her had been dismissed when, in fact, it had resulted in a private reprimand, and she also misrepresented that she had not been represented by counsel in the disciplinary proceeding, when she actually was.

view Zucker order (pdf posted 02/22/10)*

 

February 16, 2010

John Francis Gonzales, 5306 Martinique Lane, Alexandria, Virginia 22315

VSB docket Nos. 07-042-070753, 07-042-2158

On January 13, 2010, a three-judge panel in the Alexandria Circuit Court suspended John Francis Gonzales's license to practice law for six months, effective February 1, 2010, and imposed terms on the suspension. The court found that he violated disciplinary rules by engaging in misrepresentation that reflects adversely on a lawyer's fitness to practice. Mr. Gonzales stipulated that he misrepresented his role in limited liability companies created in connection with loan transactions. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Gonzales order (pdf posted 02/22/10)*

 

February 16, 2010

Marcus Noah Perdue III, 223 West Locust Street, Covington, VA 24426

VSB Docket No. 09-080-077375

On November 2, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board issued a public reprimand with terms to Marcus Noah Perdue III, for violating professional rules that govern candor toward a tribunal. Mr. Perdue did not disclose to a U.S. bankruptcy court that two matters involving marital debt had been litigated and decided in a Virginia circuit court.

view Perdue order (pdf posted 02/22/10)*

 

February 12, 2010     *

Robert Winthrop Johnson II, Balch & Bingham, LLP, Suite 325,             801 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20004-2615

VSB Docket No. 10-000-082004

On January 22, 2010, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended Robert Winthrop Johnson II's license to practice law in response to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals thirty-day suspension of Mr. Johnson's license to practice in that jurisdiction, effective December 25, 2009. The board ordered him to appear on February 19, 2010, to show cause why the same discipline should not be imposed in Virginia.

*On February 19, 2010, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Robert Winthrop Johnson II's license to practice law for thirty days, the same discipline imposed by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals for ethical violations in that jurisdiction. The Virginia suspension became effective January 22, 2010 - the date that his Virginia license was summarily suspended pending a show cause hearing on the reciprocal discipline.

view Johnson order (pdf posted 03/16/10)*

 

February 9, 2010     *

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

VSB Docket No. 09-070-079663

On February 8, 2010, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board administratively suspended Philip Stone Griffin II's license to practice law for failure to comply with a subpoena duces tecum.

*On February 17, 2010, Mr. Griffin complied with the subpoena duces tecum and the suspension was lifted.

 

February 4, 2010     *

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

VSB Docket No. 08-022-073165

On January 22, 2010, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Brian Gay's license to practice law for sixty days for violating disciplinary rules that govern declining or terminating representation, diligence, fees, conflict of interest: general rule, and misconduct, including committing an act that reflects adversely on a lawyer's fitness to practice law. The discipline was in connection with Mr. Gay's billing and representation contract with a client in a divorce case.

*On February 22, 2010, Mr. Gay filed an appeal with the Supreme Court of Virginia.

view Gay order (pdf posted 02/22/10)*

 

January 26, 2010

Stacy F. Garrett III, 2551 Swanhurst Drive, Midlothian, Virginia 23113-9613

VSB Docket Nos. 07-032-0022, 08-032-074858, 08-032-075457, and 09-032-080055

On December 11, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Stacy F. Garrett III's law license for one year and imposed terms on the suspension. The board found that Mr. Garrett violated disciplinary rules that govern diligence, communication, safekeeping property, declining or terminating representation, bar admission and disciplinary matters, and misconduct that reflects adversely on a lawyer's fitness to practice. The matters involved Mr. Garrett's representations in two clemency petitions, restoration of a driver's license, and pardon of a domestic violence conviction.

view Garrett order (pdf posted 02/10/10)*

 

January 26, 2010

Gary Lance Smith, 417 South Loudoun Street, Winchester, Virginia 22601

VSB Docket Nos. 09-070-079704, 10-070-081588 and 10-070-081594

On January 25, 2010, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board administratively suspended Gary Lance Smith's license to practice law for failure to comply with a subpoena duces tecum.

 

January 25, 2010

LeRon William Gilchrist, 800 East City Hall Avenue, Suite 600, Norfolk, Virginia, 23510

VSB Docket Nos. 09-021-076455, 09-021-079350

On December 18, 2009, a Virginia State Bar Second District Subcommittee issued a public reprimand with terms to LeRon William Gilchrist for violating rules that govern diligence, communication, and declining or terminating representation in two court-appointed criminal cases. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Gilchrist order (pdf posted 02/02/10)*

 

January 25, 2010

Tonja Michelle Roberts, Roberts Law Office, PO Box 10463, Danville, VA 24543

VSB Docket No. 10-000-081446

On November 20, 2009, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Tonja Michelle Roberts's license to practice law for three years for failing to comply with the terms of a previous one-year suspension. She did not comply with the terms of her contract with Lawyers Helping Lawyers.

view Roberts order (pdf posted 02/02/10)*

 

January 13, 2010

Johnnye Belinda Duff, 2085 Lynnhaven Parkway, Suite 106-220, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456

VSB Docket No. 09-021-078529

On December 18, 2009, a Virginia State Bar Second District Subcommittee issued a public reprimand to Johnnye Belinda Duff for violating disciplinary rules that govern diligence and communication. The cases involved several divorce representations. This was an agreed determination of misconduct charges.

view Duff order (PDF file posted 1/21/10)

 

January 13, 2010

Anne Holland Harris, Suite 200 B, 3108 North Parham Road, Richmond, VA 23294-4415.

VSB Docket No. 09-033-077863

On December 23, 2009, a Virginia State Bar Third District-Section III Subcommittee issued a public admonition with terms to Anne Holland Harris for violating disciplinary rules that govern conflict of interest: prohibited transactions and misconduct that reflects adversely on a lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness to practice law. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Harris order (PDF file posted 1/21/10)

 

January 13, 2010

Robert P. Dwoskin, 205 East High Street, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902

VSB Docket No. 08-070-072379

On January 7, 2010, a Virginia State Bar Seventh District Subcommittee issued a public reprimand with terms to Robert P. Dwoskin for violating disciplinary rules that govern competence, diligence, and bar admission and disciplinary matters. The misconduct occurred in his representation of a client in an employment discrimination lawsuit. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Dwoskin order (PDF file posted 1/21/10)

 

January 7, 2010     *

Robert Stuart Collins, Fleming & Collins, P.C., P.O. Box 2120, Wise, Virginia 24293-2120

VSB Docket No. 09-000-079538

On January 6, 2010, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Robert Stuart Collins's license to practice law.

*On June 21, 2010, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board lifted Mr. Collins's suspension.

 

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