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Disciplinary System Actions Taken by the
Virginia State Bar

July 2006 – December 2006

(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 12/19/2008

 

 

December 21, 2006

Michael Morchower, 9 East Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23219-2105

VSB Docket No. 06-031-1854

On December 18, 2006, a three –judge panel of the Richmond Circuit Court imposed a public admonition on Michael Morchower for violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct governing confidentiality of client information and conflicts of interest. The violations arose from Mr. Morchower’s improper disclosure and use of information he obtained while representing the mother of a murder victim in matters related to the investigation and prosecution of the murder. This was an agreed disposition of the misconduct charges.

View Morchower order (pdf posted 12/21/06)*

 

December 20, 2006

Dwayne Bernard Strothers, P.O. Box 3540, Suffolk, VA 23439

VSB Docket No. 07-000-1016

On December 15, 2006, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Dwayne Bernard Strothers’ license to practice law. The board found that, after Mr. Strothers’ license was suspended in June and August 2006, he did not comply with the bar’s rules for notifying clients and making arrangements for the disposition of their cases. The board found Mr. Strothers’ violations of the rule, coupled with his disciplinary record, warranted the revocation of his license.

View Strothers order (pdf posted 12/28/06)*

 

December 20, 2006

Robert John Harris, Stone Manor, 13193 Mountain Road, Lovettsville, VA 20180

VSB Docket Nos. 05-070-2914, 05-070-2969, 05-070-4587, 06-070-0684

On December 15, 2006, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Robert John Harris’s license to practice law for sixty days for misconduct in four cases. Mr. Harris converted advance legal fees to personal use, failed to perfect an appeal by not filing a transcript, did not return phone calls to clients, and did not respond to an insurance company’s attempt to settle, resulting in the client’s losing her ability to collect large medical bills. He did not respond to the bar complaints. The board found he had violated disciplinary rules that govern diligence, communications with clients, safekeeping of client property, declining or terminating representation, and disciplinary matters.

View Harris order (pdf posted 02/07/07)*

 

December 20, 2006

John Joseph Vavala, Suite 103, 124 South Lynnhaven Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452

VSB Docket Nos. 07-000-0981, 06-021-1884, 06-021-1894, 06-021-2260

The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked John Joseph Vavala’s license to practice law, effective December 15, 2006. Mr. Vavala consented to the revocation while disciplinary charges were pending. At the time, Mr. Vavala’s license to practice law was under a five-year suspension for other misconduct.

view Vavala consent to Revocation (pdf posted 12/20/06)*

 

November 29, 2006

Charles V. Bashara, Bashara & Hubbard, 414 West Bute Street, P.O. Box 3626, Norfolk, VA 23514-3626

VSB Docket No. 05-021-3198

On November 9, 2006, a three-judge panel of the Circuit Court for the City of Norfolk suspended Charles V. Bashara’s license to practice law for thirty days, with execution of the sanction suspended for one year, subject to certain terms and conditions. The court found that Mr. Bashara violated the Rule of Professional Conduct related to safekeeping client property in his handling of a medical lien in a personal injury case. If he fails to comply with any of the terms, a hearing will be held to determine whether his license should be suspended for thirty days. This is an agreed disposition of misconduct charges against Mr. Bashara.

view Bashara final opinion (pdf posted 12/05/06)

 

November 27, 2006     *

Claude Alexander Allen, 7217 Cliff Pine Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20879

VSB Docket No. 07-000-0372

On November 17, 2006, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended Claude Alexander Allen's license to practice law.   On August 4, 2006, he pleaded guilty in Montgomery County, Maryland, Circuit Court to one count of misdemeanor theft. On December 15, 2006, the board will consider whether Mr. Allen's Virginia license should be further suspended or revoked.

*On December  8, 2006, the Disciplinary Board suspended Mr. Allen's license for 90 days with terms effective November 17, 2006  This was an agreed disposition based on a plea of guilty to a misdemeanor.

view Allen Suspension Order (pdf posted 12/20/06)*

 

November 27, 2006     *

Alan S. Toppelberg, 6236 Mary Meindi Court, Alexandria, VA 22312

VSB Docket No. 07-000-1375

On November 17, 2006, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended the license of Alan S. Toppelberg. The suspension was based upon the decision of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals to suspend for sixty days with thirty days stayed, provided he complies with probationary terms. Mr. Toppelberg is ordered to appear before the board on December 15, 2006, to show cause why the District of Columbia discipline should not be imposed in Virginia.

*On December 15, 2006, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Mr. Toppelberg for 30 days with terms, the same discipline that was imposed by the District of Columbia.

view Toppelberg order (pdf posted 01/08/07)*

 

November 27, 2006     *  **   

Charles Daugherty Fugate, II, 20233 Colony Lane, Bristol, Virginia 24202

VSB Docket No. 06-000-2393

On November 17, 2006, following a hearing on the matter, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board announced it will recommend that the Virginia Supreme Court approve Charles Daugherty Fugate II’s petition for reinstatement of his license to practice law. The board’s recommendation will be filed with the Court, which will take final action on the petition.

*On February 23, 2007, the Virginia Supreme Court approved Mr. Fugate's petition for reinstatement of his license to practice law.  Final action will be taken by the Court upon receipt of evidence from Mr. Fugate that he has taken and passed the written portion of the Virginia State Bar Examination.

**On November 21, 2007, Mr. Fugate's license to practice law was reinstated.

view Fugate Order of Recommendation (pdf posted 12/20/06)*

 

November 17, 2006     * ** *** **** ***** ****** *******  ******** *********  **********  ***********

Walter Franklin Green, IV, 77 North Liberty Street, P.O. Box 512, Harrisonburg, VA 22801

VSB Docket Nos. 05-070-2448, 05-070-2450, 05-070-3011, 05-070-3625

On November 14, 2006, a three judge panel in the Rockingham Circuit Court suspended Walter Franklin Green IV's license to practice law for six months, effective January 1, 2007.   The suspension arose from findings of misconduct in four cases.  The court dismissed misconduct charges in two other cases (02-070-3523, 05-070-0206).

*On November 16, 2006, Mr. Green requested a stay from the Virginia Supreme Court.

**On December 5, 2006, the Virginia Supreme Court denied the request for a stay.

***On December 7, 2006, Mr. Green requested a reconsideration of the Virginia Supreme Court's ruling.

****On December 11, 2006, the Virginia Supreme Court denied the request for reconsideration.

*****On December 29, 2006, Mr. Green filed an emergency petition with the Virginia Supreme Court to stay the suspension of his license to practice law.

******On January 4, 2007, the Virginia Supreme Court denied the petition to stay the suspension.

view Green order (pdf posted 01/08/07)*

*******On January 29, 2007, Mr. Green filed an appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court.

********On November 2, 2007, the Virginia Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the three judge court suspending Mr. Green's license to practice law for six months.

*********On November 30, 2007, Mr. Green petitioned the Virginia Supreme Court for a rehearing of the appeal.

**********On January 23, 2008, the Virginia Supreme Court denied the petition for rehearing.

***********On February 13, 2008, the Virginia Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the three judge court suspending Mr. Green's license to practice law for six months.

 

November 16, 2006

Richard Neal Butt, 4128 Faber Road, Portsmouth, VA 23703

VSB Docket No. 05-021-1771

On November 15, 2006, a panel of the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Richard Neal Butt’s license to practice law for a period of six months. The board found that, in his handling of a collection matter, Mr. Butt violated the Rules of Professional Conduct related to: competence; diligence; communications with a client; fairness to an opposing party; and cooperation with the bar’s investigation. The board also found that he committed a deliberately wrongful act that reflects adversely on his honesty and fitness to practice law. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges against Mr. Butt.

view Butt Suspension Order (pdf posted 11/17/06)*

 

November 16, 2006

Robert C. Oliver Jr., P. O. Box 818, Eastville, VA 23347-0818

VSB Docket No. 05-022-3356

On November 15, 2006, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Robert C. Oliver Jr.’s license to practice law, effective January 15, 2007. Mr. Oliver consented to the revocation. In consenting to the revocation, he admitted to misconduct charges of lack of competence and diligence, failure to communicate, and failure to maintain required fiduciary records for a client’s estate and trusts.

view Oliver Consent to Revocation (pdf posted 12/20/06)*

 

November 15, 2006     * ** ***

James Edward Ghee, P. O. Box 345, Farmville, VA 23901-0345

VSB Docket No. 06-000-0836

On October 27, 2006, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board announced that it will recommend that the Virginia Supreme Court disapprove James Edward Ghee’s petition for reinstatement of his license to practice law. The board’s recommendation will be filed with the Court, which will take final action on the petition.

*On November 7, 2006, Mr. Ghee filed a motion for reconsideration.

**On November 15, 2006, the Disciplinary Board denied the motion for reconsideration.

***On February 23, 2007, the Virginia Supreme Court approved Mr. Ghee's petition for reinstatement and ordered that his license to practice law be reinstated.

view Ghee Order of Recommendation (pdf posted 12/20/06)*

 

November 6, 2006

William Craig Meyer II, P.O. Box 1053, Chatham, VA 24531

VSB Docket Nos.: 06-090-1898, 06-090-2150, and 06-090-2377

On November 1, 2006, the Virginia State Bar’s Ninth District Committee imposed a public admonition with terms on William Craig Meyer II for failing to file timely statements of facts in two criminal appeals for which he was court-appointed counsel. He also failed to respond in writing to another bar complaint and to coordinate an interview with the investigator. The committee required Mr. Meyer to attend a continuing legal education course and to consult by phone with an independent risk manager.  This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges against Mr. Meyer

view Meyer Public Admonition with Terms (pdf posted 12/07/06)*

 

November 6, 2006     * **

Isidoro Rodriguez, Esq., 7924 Peyton Forest Trail, Annandale, VA 22003

VSB Docket Nos. 04-053-0794 and 04-052-1044

On October 27, 2006, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Isidoro Rodriguez’s license to practice law. Among other findings, the board determined that Mr. Rodriguez took actions when it was obvious such actions would serve merely to harass or maliciously injure another and engaged in deliberately wrongful conduct that reflected on his fitness to practice law.

view Final Order (pdf posted 11/30/2006)*

*On December 27, 2006, Mr. Rodriguez filed an appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court.

**On July 17, 2007, the Virginia Supreme Court affirmed the Disciplinary Board's decision to revoke Mr. Rodriguez's license to practice law.

 

October 30, 2006

Robert Joseph Hill, P.O. Box190, Fairfax, Virginia 22038

VSB Docket No. 07-053-0418

On October 27, 2006, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board administratively suspended Robert Joseph Hill's license to practice law for failure to respond to a subpoena duces tecum.

 

October 30, 2006

David Benjamin Smith, Suite 213, 526 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-3143

VSB Docket No. 04-042-1620

On October 27, 2006, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board  dismissed charges of misconduct against David Benjamin Smith for lack of clear and convincing evidence.

 

October 25, 2006

William P. Robinson Jr., William P. Robinson & Associates, 256 West Freemason St., Norfolk, VA 23510

VSB Docket Nos. 05-022-1194, 05-022-2512, and 05-022-1193

On October 24, 2006, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked William P. Robinson Jr.’s license to practice law, effective November 1, 2006. Mr. Robinson consented to the revocation. In consenting to the revocation, Mr. Robinson admitted the charges in three cases involving lack of competence and diligence in allowing defaults in three criminal appeals.

view Consent to Revocation (PDF posted 11/03/06)*

 

October 23, 2006

Eric Lee Sisler, 103 East Washington Street, Lexington, VA 24450-2517

VSB Docket Nos. 05-080-1178, 05-080-1179, 05-080-1181, and 05-080-1184

On October 19, 2006, the Virginia State Bar Eighth District Committee imposed a public reprimand on Eric Lee Sisler for failing to perfect an appeal of a criminal conviction for a court-appointed client.  As a result, his client was denied her right to appeal.  The committee dismissed misconduct charges in two other matters involving dismissals of appeals of criminal convictions.

view Public Reprimand (PDF posted 11/03/06)*

 

October 19, 2006

Eric Lee Sisler, 103 East Washington Street, Lexington, VA 24450-2517

VSB Docket Nos. 05-080-1178, 05-080-1179, 05-080-1181, and 05-080-1184

On October 19, 2006, the Virginia State Bar Eighth District Committee imposed a public reprimand on Eric Lee Sisler for failing to perfect an appeal of a criminal conviction for a court-appointed client.  As a result, his client was denied her right to appeal.  The committee dismissed misconduct charges in two other matters involving dismissals of appeals of criminal convictions.

view Public Reprimand (PDF posted 12/07/06)*

 

October 12, 2006

Donald Romain Ray, 207 Westover Avenue, Unit 205, Norfolk, Virginia 23507

VSB Docket Nos. 05-021-2526 and 05-021-2527

On September 14, 2006, the Virginia State Bar Second District Committee, Section I, imposed two public dismissals for exceptional circumstances on Donald Romain Ray. The committee found that Mr. Ray displayed a lack of competence in the appeal of two criminal cases. Although the committee sustained the charge of misconduct, it found exceptional circumstances that mitigated against further proceedings. Mr. Ray accepted the underlying cases on a pro bono basis and went to considerable expense in funding all of the costs for the benefit of his indigent client; he took these actions not for a selfish motive, but because he wanted to help a client he felt had been wronged. Mr. Ray has no prior disciplinary record in nearly forty-five years of practice, mostly public service. Finally, after this disciplinary action began, he retired from the practice of law.

view Ray Determination (pdf posted 12/07/06)*

 

October 12, 2006

Charles Lowenberg Pincus, III, Charles L. Pincus, III, P.C., Suite 441, 1244 Perimeter Parkway, Virginia Beach, VA 23454

VSB Docket Nos. 04-021-0663, 04-021-1867, 04-021-2075

On September 11, 2006, a three-judge panel of the Virginia Beach Circuit Court suspended Charles Lowenberg Pincus III’s license to practice law for one year and suspended execution of the sanction subject to certain terms and conditions. Mr. Pincus conducted a real estate closing without a lender’s payoff statement and erroneously diverted payoff funds to another closing, causing the lender to dun the complainant for several months until the mortgage was retired. He also conducted three other real estate closings while his law license was summarily suspended. In another matter, he failed to act diligently in a custody case. Mr. Pincus will be on disciplinary probation for one year, during which time he must not commit any breach of the Rules of Professional Conduct, must furnish trust account records reflecting proper reconciliations to the bar every quarter for the next eighteen months, and must hire a risk manager to audit his office on a regular basis and provide written reports to the bar. If he fails to comply with any of the terms, a hearing will be held to determine whether his license should be suspended for one year. This is an agreed disposition of misconduct charges against Mr. Pincus.

go to Pincus opinion (pdf posted 10/13/06)*

 

October 10, 2006

Mikre-Michael Ayele, 22 South Old Glebe Road, #B-5, Arlington, VA 22204

VSB Docket # 06-041-3220

On October 10, 2006, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Mikre-Michael Ayele's license to practice law for failure to respond to subpoena duces tecum.

 

October 4, 2006

Eddie Raymond Vaughn Jr., Atlee Commerce Center, Suite 2, 9410 Atlee Commerce Boulevard, Ashland, VA  23005.

VSB Docket Nos. 05-060-1146, 05-060-1147, 05-060-1148, 05-060-1149 and 05-060-4836

On September 8, 2006, the Sixth District Committee of the Virginia State Bar imposed a public reprimand with terms on Eddie Raymond Vaughn Jr. for violating professional rules that govern competence, diligence, communications and safekeeping of property. The misconduct was in connection with five cases that involved procedural defaults before the Virginia Court of Appeals. Under the terms of the discipline, Mr. Vaughn must attend two additional hours of continuing legal education programs. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges against Mr. Vaughn.

go to Vaughn determination (pdf posted 10/05/06)*

 

October 2, 2006

Harry Wayne Brown, 125 Kirk Avenue, Roanoke, Virginia 24011

VSB Docket Nos. 05-080-1947 and 05-080-3697

On September 11, 2006, a three-judge panel of Roanoke Circuit Court suspended Harry Wayne Brown’s license to practice law for twenty days, beginning October 2, 2006. The court found that, in a case involving settlement of an estate, Mr. Brown violated a professional rule that prohibits dishonesty. In another case that involved the validity of a lien, he violated a professional rule that governs diligence. The judges ordered Mr. Brown to pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination within eighteen months or face a one-year suspension.  This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges against Mr. Brown.

go to Brown opinion (pdf posted 10/05/06)*

 

September 29, 2006

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

VSB Docket No. 05-053-3814

On September 19, 2006, the Virginia State Bar's Fifth District Committee, Section III, imposed a public reprimand with terms on Robert Joseph Hill. In a divorce matter, Mr. Hill failed to act with reasonable diligence and failed to keep his client reasonably informed about the status of her legal matter. After a bar complaint was filed, Mr. Hill failed to respond to the Virginia State Bar’s lawful demands for information. Under the terms of the reprimand, Mr. Hill must hire a law office management consultant and bring any deficiencies in his law office practices into compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct. If he fails to comply with the terms of discipline, his case will be referred to the VSB Disciplinary Board for possible suspension of his law license. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges against Mr. Hill.

go to Hill determination (pdf posted 10/05/06)*

 

September 22, 2006

Richard Lawrence James McGarry

VSB Docket Nos. 03-080-2096 and 03-080-3267

On September 22, 2006, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board dismissed the cases against Richard Lawrence James McGarry following a hearing.

 

September 20, 2006

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

VSB Docket Nos. 06-032-4011 and 06-032-4167

On September 20, 2006, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Roger Jeffrey McDonald’s license to practice law for failure to respond to a bar subpoena duces tecum.

 

September 14, 2006

Allan W. Smith, 17 West Cary Street, Richmond, Virginia 23220

VSB Docket Nos. 04-032-3788 and 05-032-1050

On August 23, 2006, the Third District Committee, Section II, imposed a public reprimand with terms on Allan W. Smith for misconduct in two real estate transactions in which he was the settlement attorney. Both cases included violations of ethical rules for lack of diligence, lack of communication and failure to pay trust funds to parties entitled to receive them. In thirty-five instances, including the two transactions, Mr. Smith failed to pay title insurance premiums to a title insurance company in a timely fashion. He performed both title examinations and missed three judgments and one deed of trust. On both settlement statements, Mr. Smith included in the charges payable to the title insurance company a separate charge for an independent document recorder, although the amounts billed by the title insurance company did not include charges for the document recorder. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges against Mr. Smith.

view Smith Public Reprimand with Terms (pdf posted 12/07/06)*

 

September 14, 2006

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

VSB Docket No. 06-090-2453

On September 13, 2006, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Dion Francis Richardson's license to practice law for 28 days, effective September 30, 2006.  From December 28, 2005, to January 24, 2006, Mr. Richardson practiced law while his license was administratively suspended for failure to comply with a subpoena for documents in connection with a bar complaint.  This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges against Mr. Richardson.   

 

September 11, 2006

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

VSB Docket No.: 06-090-2814

On September 6, 2006, the Virginia State Bar Ninth District Committee issued a public admonition to Jon Ian Davey for not diligently tracking his representation in a criminal appeal and for failing to notify his client that the appeal had been dismissed, the reasons for the dismissal, and of any recourse the client may have had to revive the appeal.  This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges against Mr. Davey. 

go to Davey determination (pdf posted 10/05/06)*

 

September 6, 2006

Dwayne Bernard Strothers, P.O. Box 3540, Suffolk, Virginia 23439

VSB Docket Nos. 06-010-2752 and 06-010-3091

On September 5, 2006, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Dwayne Bernard Strothers’ license to practice law for failure to respond to a bar subpoena duces tecum.

 

September 1, 2006

Richard Gibson Wohltman, 118 North Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA  22314-3011

07-000-0440

On August 31, 2006, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Richard Gibson Wohltman’s license to practice law in Virginia, on impairment grounds.

go to Wohltman summary (pdf posted 09/05/06)*

 

August 29, 2006    * **

Kristen Dawn Dean, P.O. Box 743, Norton, VA 24273

VSB Docket No. 07-000-0085

On August 25, 2006, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Kristen Dawn Dean’s license to practice law for failing to comply with terms in a previous disciplinary case. Ms. Dean failed to pay restitution and interest totalling approximately $5,000 to a client. On December 16, 2005, the board suspended Ms. Dean’s license for five years for misappropriating portions of a client’s personal injury settlement for her own use and then taking steps to deceive and conceal the misconduct. The board imposed several terms, including that she pay restitution and interest by June 1, 2006, or face revocation of her license. The board held a show cause hearing August 25 and imposed the alternate sanction.

go to Dean final order (pdf posted 09/06/06)*

*On September 5, 2006, Ms. Dean filed a motion for reconsideration of the Board's decision.

**On September 6, 2006, the board denied the motion for reconsideration.

 

August 28, 2006  

John William Toothman, P.O. Box 8, Great Falls, VA  22066

VSB Docket No. 04-042-1764

On October 15, 2008, on remand from the Supreme Court of Virginia, a three-judge panel in the Circuit Court for the City of Alexandria dismissed allegations of misconduct against John William Toothman for lack of sufficient evidence.

view opinion, reverse and remand, and final dismissal order in single document (pdf posted 12/05/06)*

 

August 25, 2006

Myles Talbert Hylton, 23 Franklin Road, SW, Roanoke, VA 24011

VSB Docket No. 06-000-0065

On August 25, 2006, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Myles Talbert Hylton’s license to practice law after he failed to comply with a board order.

 

August 22, 2006     *   ** ***  **** ***** ******

Curtis Tyrone Brown, 555 Fenchurch Street, Suite 306, Norfolk, Virginia 23510

VSB Docket Nos. 04-021-0897 and 04-021-1103

On August 14, 2006, a three-judge panel of the Norfolk Circuit Court imposed a public reprimand with terms on Curtis Tyrone Brown. Mr. Brown settled a wrongful death suit on behalf of an infant client without informing the court or counsel for the insurers about a potential, yet-to-be-born second heir. In another matter, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division, sanctioned Mr. Brown $9,885.43 for failing to respond to discovery and for making misrepresentations in the courtroom. Mr. Brown will be on disciplinary probation for one year, during which time he must not commit any breach of the Rules of Professional Conduct, and he must complete six hours of ethics education for no annual credit. If he fails to comply with the terms, a hearing will be held to determine whether his license should be suspended for one year. This is an agreed disposition of misconduct charges against Mr. Brown.

*On November 13, 2006, Mr. Brown filed an appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court.

**On January 17, 2007, Mr. Brown filed a petition for appeal with the Virginia Supreme Court.

***On October 19, 2007, the Virginia Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Norfolk Circuit Court.

****On November 19, 2007, Mr. Brown petitioned the Virginia Supreme Court for a rehearing on the appeal.

*****On January 23, 2008, the Virginia Supreme Court denied the petition for rehearing.

******On February 13, 2008, the Virginia Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the three judge court imposing a public reprimand with terms.

 

August 4, 2006     *

Tony Charles Rudy, 4152 Calhoun Drive, Huntington Beach, CA 92649

VSB Docket No. 07-000-0275

Effective July 31, 2006, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended Tony Charles Rudy’s license to practice law in Virginia. The suspension arises from Mr. Rudy’s guilty plea to conspiracy to defraud the United States in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371. The board ordered Mr. Rudy to appear before it on August 25, 2006, to determine whether revocation or further suspension of his license to practice law is appropriate.

*On November 17, 2006, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Mr. Rudy's license to practice law.

view Rudy final opinion (pdf posted 12/05/06)

 

August 4, 2006   * **  ***

James Spaulding Powell, Suite 225, 1746 Cole Boulevard, Lakewood CO 80401

VSB Docket No. 07-000-0273

On July 31, 2006, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended James Spaulding Powell’s license to practice law, in response to the suspension for one year of his District of Columbia license by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Mr. Powell is ordered to appear before the Virginia board on August 25, 2006, to show cause why the same sanction should not be imposed here.

*On August 25, 2006, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board imposed the same sanction as the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and suspended Mr. Powell for one year effective July 31, 2006.

**On October 10, 2006, Mr. Powell filed an appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court.

***On March 1, 2007, the Virginia Supreme Court dismissed the appeal.

go to Powell final order (pdf posted 09/15/06)*

 

July 25, 2006

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

VSB Docket Numbers: 04-060-2919, 04-060-3430, 05-060-0031 and 05-060-2260

On July 20, 2006, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board imposed a public reprimand with terms on John E. Hamilton Jr. for failing to promptly complete work in six real estate closings. He did not promptly procure owner’s title insurance, he did not communicate adequately with his clients, and he did not adequately explain fees he charged for assisting to obtain the insurance. The board required Mr. Hamilton to engage another attorney to review and audit his real estate and trust account procedures. The board also required him to return the fees he had not adequately explained. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges against Mr. Hamilton.

go to order (pdf posted 08/02/06)*

go to addendum (pdf posted 08/04/06)*

 

July 21, 2006

Benjamin Thomas Reed, 4504 Colley Avenue, Norfolk, Virginia 23508

VSB Docket No. 05-021-0456

On July 19, 2006, the Second District Committee, Section I, issued a public admonition to Benjamin Thomas Reed for failing to timely advise his client that an appeal was dismissed because of a procedural error committed by Mr. Reed.  This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges against Mr. Reed.

go to determination (pdf posted 07/28/06)

 

July 21, 2006

Marsha Dunning Carter, 14139 Lankford Highway, Post Office Box 630, Eastville, Virginia 23347-0630

VSB Docket No. 06-021-0228

The Virginia State Bar Second District Committee, Section I, issued a public admonition with terms to Marsha Dunning Carter for failing to perfect an appeal to the Supreme Court of Virginia for a court-appointed client and for failing to consult the appropriate rules of court. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges against Ms. Carter.

go to determination (pdf posted 07/28/06)

 

 


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