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Disciplinary System Actions

January 2011 – June 2011

(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 October 21, 2011

 

 


June 29, 2011

David McCrory Estabrook, 6037 20th Street North, Arlington, VA 22205-3403

VSB Docket No. 08-052-071266

On June 20, 2011, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board imposed a public reprimand with terms on David McCrory Estabrook for violating professional rules that govern frivolous claims, frivolous discovery requests, criminal or disciplinary charges intended solely to gain an advantage in a civil matter, taking legal action merely to harass or maliciously injure another, and committing a deliberately wrongful act that reflects adversely on a lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness to practice. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Estabrook order (pdf posted 07/25/11)*

June 29, 2011

Brian Gay, Law Offices of Brian Gay, Second Floor, Suite 207, 3500 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452

VSB Docket No. 11-000-087465

On June 24, 2011, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Brian Gay’s license to practice law for failing to comply with a requirement that he notify clients of an administrative suspension imposed on September 24, 2010.

view Gay order (pdf posted 07/29/11)*

June 28, 2011

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

VSB Docket No. 11-000-086613

On June 24, 2011, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended James Berkley Priest’s license to practice law for twelve months based on his felony conviction in Halifax County Circuit Court of driving while intoxicated, third or subsequent offense in five years. Mr. Priest’s law license has been summarily suspended since January 20, 2011, pending a show cause hearing.

view Priest order (PDF posted 7/15/11)

 

June 28, 2011

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

VSB Docket No. 08-052-073790

On June 10, 2011, a Virginia State Bar Fifth District-Section II Subcommittee issued a public reprimand to Alfred Lincoln Robertson Jr. for violating professional rules that govern diligence, communication, and failing to respond to the bar’s lawful demand for information. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Robertson order (PDF posted 7/9/11)

 

June 27, 2011

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

VSB Docket No. 10-070-080544

On June 9, 2011, a Virginia State Bar Seventh District Subcommittee issued a public admonition with terms to Phillip Stone Griffin II for violating a professional rule that governs failing to respond to a lawful demand for information from the bar. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charge.

view Griffin order (PDF posted 7/9/11)

 

June 22, 2011

William Orr Smith, #162, 3420 Pump Road, Richmond, VA 23233

VSB Docket No. 11-033-087083

On June 13, 2011, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked William Orr Smith’s license to practice law. In agreeing to the revocation, Mr. Smith acknowledged the material facts of pending disciplinary allegations and that he could not successfully defend if they were prosecuted.

view Smith order (PDF posted 6/22)

 

June 20, 2011

Charles James Swedish, Sloan & Swedish, 107 Pleasant Street, NW,

Vienna, Virginia 22180-4435

VSB Dockets Nos. 09-051-078734, 09-051-077371, 09-051-079194

On June 9, 2011, a Virginia State Bar Fifth District-Section I Subcommittee imposed a public reprimand with terms on Charles James Swedish for violating professional rules that govern diligence, communication, and safekeeping property. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Swedish order (PDF posted 7/9/11)

 

June 17, 2011

Joshua Jesse Robert Gessler, Arnold & Porter LLP, Suite 900, 1600 Tysons Blvd.,

Mclean, VA 22102

VSB Docket No. 11-000-085193

On June 10, 2011, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Joshua Jesse Robert Gessler’s license to practice law. In agreeing to the revocation, Mr. Gessler admitted that he was convicted of multiple felony counts of possession of child pornography, and that he could not defend any VSB charges based on the convictions. Mr. Gessler’s license has been summarily suspended since May 24. He pled guilty and was convicted on March 28 in the Fairfax County Circuit Court.

view Gessler order (PDF posted 7/9/11)

 

June 9, 2011

James Patrick Hodges, Hodges & Associates, P.C., Suite 316, 19415 Deerfield Avenue, Leesburg, VA 20176

VSB Docket No. 09-070-076748

On May 27, 2011, a Virginia State Bar Seventh District Subcommittee issued a public reprimand to James Patrick Hodges after finding he had violated disciplinary rules that govern diligence, communication, safekeeping property, protecting a client’s interests and returning the client’s file when terminating representation, and failure to respond to a lawful demand for information from the bar. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Hodges order (PDF posted 6/16/11)

 

June 9, 2011

Kenneth Edward Hildebrand, Suite 423, 281 Independence Boulevard, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462

VSB Docket No. 11-000-086205

On June 8, 2011, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Kenneth Edward Hildebrand’s license to practice law on impairment grounds.

view Hildebrand order (PDF posted 6/16/11)

 

June 3, 2011

David Redd Young Jr., 701 Edwards Ferry Road, Leesburg, VA 20176

VSB Docket Nos. 10-070-082366, 11-070-085556, 11-070-086436 and 11-000-085412

On May 20, 2011, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended David Redd Young Jr.’s license to practice law for five years. The board found that he violated professional rules that govern duties of a suspended attorney; declining or terminating representation; unauthorized practice of law; bar admission and disciplinary matters; and misconduct.

view Young order (PDF posted 7/9/11)

 

June 3, 2011

Tina Elizabeth Orr, Janaf Office Building Suite 208, 5900 East Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk, Virginia 23502

VSB Docket Nos. 09-021-076226, 09-021-077701, 10-021-081979, 10-021-083269

The City of Norfolk Circuit Court suspended Tina Elizabeth Orr’s license to practice law for five years and imposed terms, effective May 31, 2011. The court found she violated professional rules that govern communication; fees; safekeeping property; declining or terminating representation; reasonable fees; unauthorized practice of law; knowingly making a false statement of material fact; and a criminal or deliberately wrongful act and other misconduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation that reflect adversely on a lawyer’s fitness to practice. The court ordered Ms. Orr to refund a client $37,000. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

view Orr order (PDF posted 6/16/11)

 

May 27, 2011

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

VSB Docket Nos. 09-032-079386 and 10-032-081824

On April 20, 2011, a three-judge panel of the Chesterfield County Circuit Court suspended Stacy F. Garrett III’s license to practice law for one year. The court found he had violated professional rules that govern competence, diligence, fairness to opposing party and counsel, and failure to respond to a lawful demand for information from the bar.

View Garrett Order (PDF Posted 6/3/11)

 

May 26, 2011

Charles Edward Ayers, Jr., Ayers & Stolte, P.C., 710 North Hamilton Street, Richmond, Virginia 23221-2035

VSB Docket No. 10-000-084215

On May 20, 2011, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board dismissed the show cause proceeding against Charles Edward Ayers, Jr., for lack of clear and convincing evidence.

View Ayers Order (PDF Posted 7/22/11)

 

May 17, 2011 *

Kathleene Anne Cipriano, Suite 211, 3500 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452

VSB Docket No. 11-022-086778

On May 17, 2011, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board administratively suspended Kathleene Anne Cipriano's license to practice law for failing to comply with a subpoena duces tecum issued by the bar.

*On June 16, 2011, Ms. Cipriano complied with the subpoena duces tecum and the suspension was lifted.

 

May 17, 2011     *    **

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

VSB Docket No. 10-021-080833

A three-judge panel of the Circuit Court of the City of Norfolk revoked Mark Michael Kantro’s license to practice law effective June 11, 2011. The court found that he had violated professional rules that govern candor toward a tribunal, fairness to opposing party and counsel, and a criminal or deliberately wrongful act and other conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation that reflect adversely on a lawyer’s fitness to practice.

*On July 13, 2011, Mr. Kantro filed an appeal with the Supreme Court of Virginia.

**On October 12, 2011, the Supreme Court of Virginia dismissed the appeal.

view Kantro order (PDF posted 7/15/11)

 

 

 

May 11, 2011   

Tracey Suzann Foughty-Deavers, Law Office of TS Foughty-Deavers, Suite 360, 11325 Random Hills Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030

VSB Docket No. 11-052-086181

On April 22, 2011, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board administratively suspended Tracey Suzann Foughty-Deavers's license to practice law for failing to comply with a subpoena duces tecum issued by the bar.

 

May 9, 2011

Edward Allen Malone, 812 S. 6th Street, Maywood, Illinois 60153

VSB Docket No. 07-041-1222, 07-041-071135

On February 28, 2011, a panel of the Fourth District Committee, Section I, issued a public reprimand with terms to Edward Allen Malone for violating professional rules that govern diligence, declining or terminating representation, and failing to respond to a lawful demand for information from a disciplinary authority.

View Malone Order (PDF Posted 5/13/11)

 

May 9. 2011

George G. Joyner III, 324 London Boulevard, Portsmouth,

Virginia 23704-2808

VSB Docket No. 10-010-082732

On April 15, 2011, a Virginia State Bar First District Subcommittee issued a public dismissal de minimis sanction to George G. Joyner III for violating a professional rule that governs safekeeping property. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

View Joyner Order (PDF Posted 5/13/11)

 

May 5, 2011

John Arthur Elmendorf, #1, 11204 Arrowleaf Court, Germantown, MD 20876

VSB Docket No. 11-000-086856

On March 25, 2011, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked John Arthur Elmendorf’s license to practice law, based on his December 16, 2010, disbarment by the Maryland Court of Appeals. His Virginia license was summarily suspended on March 3, 2011.

View Elmendorf Order (PDF Posted 6/3/11)

 

May 5, 2011

Monica Marie Goodling, 16519 Hayes Lane, Woodbridge, Virginia, 22191

VSB Docket No. 07-042-070763

On March 25, 2011, a Virginia State Bar Fourth District-Section II Subcommittee issued a public reprimand to Monica Marie Goodling for violating a professional rule that governs commission of a criminal or deliberately wrongful act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness to practice. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

View Goodling Order (PDF Posted 6/3/11)

 

May 5, 2011

Martin Ray Johnson, PO Box 5068, Glen Allen, Virginia 23058

VSB Docket No. 11-032-086381

On April 21, 2011, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Martin Ray Johnson’s license to practice law. In consenting to the revocation, Mr. Johnson acknowledged the material facts of a disciplinary case pending against him and that he could not successfully defend against prosecution of the case.

View Johnson Order (PDF Posted 6/3/11)

 

April 26, 2011

Bruce Howard Gould, Bruce H. Gould, Atty., P.C., Suite 206, 4101 Granby Street, Norfolk, Virginia 23504-1117

VSB Docket No. 05-021-3010

On April 13, 2011, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board imposed a public reprimand on Bruce Howard Gould for violating professional rules that govern competence, diligence, and conflict of interest. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

View Gould Order (PDF Posted 4/29/11)

 

April 20, 2011

Gregory Allen Thomas, 201 Crescent Avenue, Colonial Heights, VA 23834-3724

VSB Docket No. 09-060-077778

On April 11, 2011, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Gregory Allen Thomas's license to practice law for violating professional rules governing misconduct that reflects adversely on the lawyer's honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness to practice. This was an agreed disposition of disciplinary charges.

View Thomas Order (PDF Posted 4/28/11)

 

April 20, 2011

Curtis Tyrone Brown, 306 Bald Cypress Court, Chesapeake, Virginia 23320

VSB Docket No. 08-021-071424

On March 21, 2011, a three-judge panel of the Circuit Court of the City of Norfolk suspended Curtis Tyrone Brown's license to practice law for twelve months each on two separate violations, to run concurrently, effective immediately. The court originally ordered the suspensions on May 26, 2009. One suspension was for Mr. Brown's violation of disciplinary rules that govern making a false statement to a tribunal and engaging in conduct intended to disrupt a tribunal. The other was for engaging in dishonesty, misrepresentation, and deceitfulness that reflects adversely on the lawyer's fitness to practice. Both sets of violations occurred in the same representation. The Supreme Court of Virginia stayed the 2009 sanction pending appeal. On September 10, 2010, the Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court's judgment and returned the matter to the Norfolk panel for fixing the date of the sanction.

 

April 7, 2011   

Martin Ray Johnson, P.O. Box 5068, Glen Allen, Virginia 23058

VSB Docket No. 11-032-086114

On April 5, 2011, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board administratively suspended Martin Ray Johnson's license to practice law for failing to comply with a subpoena duces tecum issued by the bar.

 

April 7, 2011   

Sara Davis Harman, P.O. Box 1323, Glen Allen, Virginia 23060

VSB Docket No. 11-032-086318

On April 5, 2011, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board administratively suspended Sara Davis Harman's license to practice law for failing to comply with a subpoena duces tecum issued by the bar.

April 7, 2011   

Sara Davis Harman, P.O. Box 1323, Glen Allen, Virginia 23060

VSB Docket No. 11-032-086311

On April 5, 2011, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board administratively suspended Sara Davis Harman's license to practice law for failing to comply with a subpoena duces tecum issued by the bar.

 

April 1, 2011

Steven Frank Helm, 30 East Clay Street, Salem, VA 24153

VSB Docket Nos. 10-080-083744, 11-080-084690 and 11-080-086004

On April 1, 2011, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Steven Frank Helm's license to practice law. In consenting to the revocation, Mr. Helm acknowledged the truth of material facts of pending disciplinary complaints and that he could not successfully defend prosecution of charges based on the complaints.

View Helm Order (PDF Posted 4/1/11)

 

March 29, 2011

Richard Anthony Bednar, Apt. 1, 68 S 100 W, Farmington, UT 84025

VSB Docket Nos. 09-052-078586, 09-052-079643, 09-052-079974, 10-052-081160

On March 23, 2011, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Richard Anthony Bednar's license to practice law for three years, for violating professional rules that govern diligence, communication, safekeeping property, declining or terminating representation, and failing to respond to a lawful demand for information from a disciplinary authority. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

View Bednar Order (PDF Posted 3/31/11)

 

March 28, 2011

Clay Bennett Blanton, P. O. Box 556, Quinton, Virginia 23141-0556

VSB Docket No. 09-060-077450

On March 15, 2011, a Virginia State Bar Sixth District Subcommittee imposed a public reprimand on Clay Bennett Blanton for violating disciplinary rules that govern competence and diligence. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

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

 

March 25, 2011

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

VSB Docket No. 11-032-085088

On March 3, 2011, a Virginia State Bar Third District Section II Subcommittee issued a public reprimand with terms on James Fred Sumpter for violating professional rules that govern competence, diligence, and communication. This is an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

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

 

March 25, 2011

Jesse Scott Shelor, P.O. Box 545, Vinton, VA 24179-1414

VSB Docket Nos. 09-080-077349, 09-080-079109

On February 18, 2011, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Jesse Scott Shelor's license to practice law for violating professional rules that govern diligence, communication, safekeeping property, terminating representation, failing to respond to a lawful demand for information from the bar, and committing a criminal or deliberately wrongful act that reflects adversely on the lawyer's honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness to practice.

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

 

March 25, 2011

Peter Jung-Wook Rim, Lohmann & Rim, P.C., Suite 506, 7700 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, Virginia 22003

VSB Docket No. 08-053-074843

On February 18, 2011, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board imposed a public reprimand with terms on Peter Jung-Wook Rim for violating professional rules that govern responsibilities regarding nonlawyer assistants and deliberate misconduct that reflects adversely on a lawyer's honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness to practice. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

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

 

March 25, 2011

Walter Ware Morrison, Suite 100, 2628 Barrett Street, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452

VSB Docket No. 10-021-083030

On March 14, 2011, a Virginia State Bar Second District Subcommittee imposed a public reprimand with terms on Walter Ware Morrison for violating professional rules that govern communication, fees, and safekeeping property. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

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

 

March 25, 2011 *

John Arthur Elmendorf, #1, 11204 Arrowleaf Court, Germantown, MD 20876

VSB Docket No. 11-000-086856

On March 3, 2011, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended John Arthur Elmendor's license to practice law, based on his December 16, 2010, disbarment by the Maryland Court of Appeals. The board ordered him to appear on March 25, 2011, to show cause why the Maryland sanction should not be imposed in Virginia.

*On March 25, 2011, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked John Arthur Elmendorf’s license to practice law, based on his December 16, 2010, disbarment by the Maryland Court of Appeals. His Virginia license was summarily suspended on March 3, 2011.

 

 

March 25, 2011

Keh Soo Park, Suite 9, 4015 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030

VSB Docket Nos. 09-052-078381 and 11-052-086577

On March 8, 2011, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Keh Soo Park's license to practice law. In consenting to the revocation, Mr. Park acknowledged the truth of material facts of pending disciplinary complaints and that he could not successfully defend prosecution of charges based on the complaints.

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

 

March 24, 2011   

John Russell Ward, 4217 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456-8058

VSB Docket No. 10-022-082743

On March 24, 2011, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board administratively suspended John Russell War's license to practice law for failing to comply with a subpoena duces tecum issued by the bar.

 

March 22, 2011   

Brian Gay, Law Offices of Brian Gay, Second Floor, Suite 207, 3500 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452

VSB Docket No. 11-022-085399

On March 21, 2011, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board administratively suspended Brian Gay's license to practice law for failing to comply with a subpoena duces tecum issued by the bar.

March 17, 2010

Curtis Tyrone Brown, 306 Bald Cypress Court, Chesapeake, Virginia 23320

VSB Docket No. 08-021-072452

On December 1, 2010, a three-judge panel of the Circuit Court of the City of Norfolk reimposed a public reprimand with terms on Curtis Tyrone Brown after a finding that he had violated professional rules that govern disruption of the decorum of a tribunal and making false or reckless statements about the qualifications or integrity of a judge.  The Norfolk court originally imposed the reprimand on December 15, 2009.   The sanction was stayed pending Mr. Brown’s appeals to the Supreme Court of Virginia. The appeals were dismissed.

view Brown memorandum order (PDF posted 06/16/11)

view Brown reprimand (PDF posted 06/16/11)

 

February 25, 2011

Clarence Flippo Hicks, P.O. Box 1300, Gloucester, Virginia 23061

VSB Docket No. 11-000-086865

On February 25, 2011, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Clarence Flippo Hicks's license to practice law on impairment grounds.

View Hicks Order (PDF Posted 3/18/11)

 

February 22, 2011

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

VSB Docket No. 07-053-2705

On February 15, 2011, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board issued a public admonition with terms to Larry Cecil Brown Jr. for violating a disciplinary rule that governs safekeeping property. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

View Brown Order (PDF Posted 2/25/11)

 

February 15, 2011    

Tracey Suzann Foughty-Deavers, Law Office of TS Foughty-Deavers, Suite 360, 11325 Random Hills Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030

VSB Docket No. 11-052-085600

On February 14, 2011, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board administratively suspended Tracey Suzann Foughty-Deavers's license to practice law for failing to comply with a subpoena duces tecum issued by the bar.

 

February 15, 2011    

Brian Gay, Law Offices of Brian Gay, Second Floor, Suite 207, 3500 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452

VSB Docket No. 11-022-085536

On February 14, 2011, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board administratively suspended Brian Gay's license to practice law for failing to comply with a subpoena duces tecum issued by the bar.

 

February 15, 2011

Arthur Charles Ermlich Jr., Thomas Law Group, P.C., Suite 127, 4176 South Plaza Trail, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452

VSB Docket No. 10-022-083391

Effective January 28, 2011, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Arthur Charles Ermlich Jr.'s license to practice law for five days and imposed terms on the suspension for violating a professional rule that governs declining or terminating representation by failing to return a client's file. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

View Ermlich Order (PDF Posted 2/16/11)

 

February 14, 2011

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

VSB Docket No 09-041-079745

On January 27, 2011, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board issued a public reprimand with terms to Michael Raymond Thames for violating or attempting to violate a disciplinary rule.

View Thames Order (PDF Posted 2/16/11)

 

February 14, 2011

Gregory Thomas Casker, P.O. Box 1095, Chatham, Virginia 24531

VSB Docket Nos. 10-090-082948, 10-090-083386, 10-090-083225

On February 3, 2011, a Virginia State Bar Ninth District Subcommittee issued a public reprimand to Gregory Thomas Casker for violating professional rules that govern diligence and communication. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

View Casker Order (PDF Posted 2/16/11)

 

February 9, 2011

John Douglas Primeau, John Primeau LLC, 9119 Church Street, Manassas, Virginia 20110

VSB Docket No. 08-060-075514

On November 9, 2010, a Virginia State Bar Sixth District Subcommittee imposed a public reprimand with terms on John Douglas Primeau for violating professional rules that govern diligence, communication, and declining or terminating representation. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

View Primeau Order (PDF Posted 2/16/11)

 

February 9, 2011

Arthur Charles Ermlich Jr., Thomas Law Group, P.C., Suite 127, 4176 South Plaza Trail, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452

VSB Docket No. 10-022-083032

On January 28, 2011, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Arthur Charles Ermlich Jr.'s license to practice law for six months for violating professional rules that govern diligence, communication, and failing to protect a client's interest after terminating representation.

View Ermlich Order (PDF Posted 2/16/11)

 

February 4, 2011

Karen Patricia Woolley, 146 Wooster Road, Southern Pines, NC 28387

VSB Docket No. 08-070-075359

On February 4, 2011, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Karen Patricia Woolley's license to practice law for thirty days for violating professional rules that govern confidentiality of information, conflict of interest involving prohibited transactions, and safekeeping property. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

View Woolley Order (PDF Posted 2/16/11)

 

February 3, 2011

Reuben Voll Greene, 1557 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219

VSB Docket Nos. 09-033-076046, 09-033-078166, 10-033-081354, 10-033-080223

Effective January 27, 2011, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Reuben Voll Greene's license to practice law for sixty days and imposed terms on the suspension for violating professional rules that govern competence, diligence, communication, fees, safekeeping property, fairness to opposing party and counsel, and misconduct that reflects adversely on the lawyer's honesty, trustworthiness or fitness to practice. This was an agreed disposition of disciplinary charges. Violations were found in three cases. One case was dismissed on the bar's motion for lack of clear and convincing evidence.

View Greene Order (PDF Posted 2/4/11)

 

January 28, 2011

Henry St. John Fitzgerald, 1620 North George Mason Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22205

VSB Docket No. 09-041-076478

On January 11, 2011, a three-judge panel in the Arlington County Circuit Court imposed a public reprimand on Henry St. John Fitzgerald for violating a professional rule that governs declining or terminating representation. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

View Fitzgerald Order (PDF Posted 2/4/11)

 

January 28, 2011     *

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

VSB Docket No. 11-000-086613

On January 20, 2011, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended James Berkley Priest's license to practice law based on his January 6, 2011, guilty plea in the Halifax County Circuit Court to crimes, including driving while intoxicated-third or subsequent offense. The board ordered him to appear on February 18, 2011, to show cause why his law license should not be further suspended or revoked. Mr. Priest's law license has been suspended since June 21, 2010, on impairment grounds.

*On February 10, 2011, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board continued the hearing until June 24, 2011.

 

January 25, 2011

Edward Ruffin House, 519 West Riverview Drive, Suffolk, VA 23434

VSB Docket No. 10-010-082618

On January 5, 2011, a three-judge panel in the Circuit Court of the City of Suffolk revoked Edward Ruffin House's license to practice law for violating professional rules that govern safekeeping property and dishonest conduct that reflects adversely on the lawyer's fitness to practice.

View House Order (2/25/11)

 

January 5, 2011     *

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

VSB Docket No. 11-032-085088

On January 5, 2011, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board administratively suspended James Fred Sumpter's license to practice law for failing to comply with a subpoena duces tecum issued by the bar.

*On January 27, 2011, Mr. Sumpter complied with the subpoena duces tecum and the suspension was lifted.

 

January 4, 2011

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

VSB Docket No. 09-021-079252

On December 21, 2010, a Virginia State Bar Second District-Section I Subcommittee issued a public reprimand with terms to Mark Michael Kantro for violating disciplinary rules that govern diligence and fees. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

View Kantro Order (PDF Posted 1/5/11)

 

January 4, 2011

Jason Matthew Head, Law Office of Jason Head, PLC, Suite 600, One Columbus Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462

VSB Docket Nos. 09-021-079570, 09-021-079674, 09-021-079973, 10-021-081241, 10-021-082943, 09-021-076887, 09-021-077448, 09-021-077661, 09-021-077839, 09-021-077860, 09-021-079565

Effective December 16, 2010, a three-judge panel in the Virginia Beach Circuit Court suspended Jason Matthew Head's license to practice law for thirty days and imposed terms for violating professional rules that govern diligence; communication; safekeeping property; truthfulness in statements to others; communications concerning a lawyer's services; firm names and letterheads; and misconduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation that reflects adversely on the lawyer's fitness to practice. Violations were found in five cases. Six other cases were dismissed.

View Head Order (PDF Posted 1/5/11)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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