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Virginia Lawyer Register - January 2014

Contents

In this issue:

Disciplinary Proceedings

Disciplinary Summaries

Notices to Members

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Disciplinary Proceedings

Respondent’s Name Address of Record Action Effective Date
Circuit Court
Jefrey Greg Booth Norfolk, VA Suspension—30 Days October 3, 2013
Vaughan Christopher Jones Richmond, VA Public Reprimand October 10, 2013
 
Disciplinary Board
William Scott Bradbury Falls Church, VA Suspension—3 years October 16, 2013
Mike Meier Fairfax, VA Public Reprimand October 15, 2013
Jason Christopher Roper Mars, PA Public Reprimand w/Term March 22, 2013
Marjorie Lancaster Wall Farmville, VA Revocation October 15, 2013
 
District Committees
Kelly Ralston Dennis McLean, VA Public Reprimand w/Terms October 28, 2013
William Craig Meyer II Chatham, VA Public Reprimand October 16, 2013
Charles Gregory Phillips Salem, VA Public Reprimand October 1, 2013
Ronald Alan Ray Burke, VA Public Dismissal De Minimis September 12, 2013
Dena M. Roudybush Fairfax, VA Public Reprimand w/Terms November 12, 2013
Jon Edward Shields Manassas, VA Public Reprimand November 5, 2013
 
Suspension – Failure to Pay Disciplinary Costs Effective Date Lifted
Brian Ray Dinning Stoystown, PA November 15, 2013  
Seung Oh Kang Annandale, VA November 4, 2013  
Jeanne Lynn Dove-Taylor King George, VA November 1, 2013  
 
Suspension – Failure to Comply with Subpoena Effective Date Lifted
Arthur Emerson Davis III Alexandria, VA November 4, 2013  
Jane Karen Eshagpoor Richmond, VA October 1, 2013 October 10, 2013
 

Features

Disciplinary Summaries

The following are summaries of disciplinary actions for violations of the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC) (Rules of the Virginia Supreme Court Part 6, ¶ II, eff. Jan. 1, 2000) or another of the Supreme Court Rules.

Copies of disciplinary orders are available at the Web link provided with each summary or by contacting the Virginia State Bar Clerk’s Office at (804) 775-0539 or clerk@vsb.org. VSB docket numbers are provided.

Circuit Courts

Jefrey Greg Booth
Norfolk, Virginia
12-021-092018

Effective October 3, 2013, a three-judge panel of the Circuit Court for the City of Norfolk suspended Jefrey Greg Booth’s license to practice law for thirty days for violating professional rules that govern declining or terminating representation, unauthorized practice of law, and bar admission and disciplinary matters. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges. RPC 1.16(a)(1), 5.5(c), 8.1(c)

http://www.vsb.org/docs/Booth-112113.pdf

Vaughan Christopher Jones
Richmond, Virginia
11-033-088134

Effective October 10, 2013, a three-judge panel of the Circuit Court for the City of Richmond issued a public reprimand to Vaughan Christopher Jones for violating professional rules that govern diligence. RPC 1.3(a)(b)

http://www.vsb.org/docs/Jones-112113.pdf

Disciplinary Board

William Scott Bradbury
Falls Church, Virginia
11-070-087393

On October 16, 2013, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended William Scott Bradbury’s license to practice law for three years for violating professional rules that govern fees, meritorious claims and contentions, fairness to opposing party and counsel, unauthorized practice of law, and misconduct. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges. RPC 1.5(b,c), 3.1, 3.4(i), 5.5(a)(1,2), 8.4(c)

http://www.vsb.org/docs/Bradbury-112113.pdf

Mike Meier
Fairfax, Virginia
10-042-082944

On October 15, 2013, the Virginia State Bar issued a public reprimand to Mike Meier for violating professional rules that govern candor toward the tribunal and misconduct. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges. RPC 3.3(a)(1-4)(b)(c)(d), 8.4(a)

http://www.vsb.org/docs/Meier-112113.pdf

Jason Christopher Roper
Mars, Pennsylvania
12-021-092135

On June 25, 2013, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board issued a public reprimand with a term to Jason Christopher Roper for violating a professional rule that governs misconduct. RPC 8.4(b)

http://www.vsb.org/docs/Roper-092513.pdf

Marjorie Lancaster Wall
Farmville, Virginia
13-031-095190, 13-031-095221

On October 15, 2013, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Marjorie Lancaster Wall’s license to practice law for violating professional rules that govern competence, diligence, safekeeping property, communication, fees, bar admission and disciplinary matters, and misconduct. In consenting to the revocation, Ms. Wall admitted that the charges against her are true and that she could not successfully defend against them. RPC 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.15, 8.1, 8.4, Part 6, §4, ¶13-28

http://www.vsb.org/docs/Wall-112113.pdf

District Committees

Kelly Ralston Dennis
McLean, Virginia
13-051-093454, 12-051-090845

On October 28, 2013, the Virginia State Bar Fifth District – Section I Subcommittee issued a public reprimand with terms to Kelly Ralston Dennis for violating a professional rule that governs bar admission and disciplinary matters. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges. RPC 8.1(c)

http://www.vsb.org/docs/Dennis-112113.pdf

William Craig Meyer II
Chatham, Virginia
13-090-094617

On October 16, 2013, the Virginia State Bar Ninth District Subcommittee issued a public reprimand to William Craig Meyer II for violating professional rules that govern diligence and communication. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges. RPC 1.3(a), 1.4(a), Rules Part 6, §IV, ¶13-15.B.4

http://www.vsb.org/docs/Meyers-112113.pdf

Charles Gregory Phillips
Salem, Virginia
11-080-086619, 12-080-090260

On October 1, 2013, the Virginia State Bar Eighth District Subcommittee issued a public reprimand to Charles Gregory Phillips for violating professional rules that govern diligence, communication, and bar admission and disciplinary matters. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges. RPC 1.3(a), 1.4(a), 8.1(c)

http://www.vsb.org/docs/Phillips-101613.pdf

Ronald Alan Ray
Burke, Virginia
11-042-085067

On September 12, 2013, the Virginia State Bar Fourth District Section II Committee issued a public dismissal de minimis sanction to Ronald Alan Ray for violating a professional rule that governs communication with persons represented by counsel. RPC 4.2

http://www.vsb.org/docs/Ray-112113.pdf

Dena M. Roudybush
Fairfax, Virginia
11-053-087412, 12-053-088763, 13-053-092524, 12-053-088940, 12-053-093515, 13-052-090814

On November 12, 2013, the Virginia State Bar Fifth District – Section III Subcommittee issued a public reprimand with terms to Dena M. Roudybush for violating professional rules that govern communication, fees, safekeeping property, scope of representation, and diligence. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges. RPC 1.4(a-c), 1.5(a)(1-8), 1.15(a)(1)(b)(1-5)(d)(2)(3)(i-iv), 1.2(a), 1.3(a)(c)

http://www.vsb.org/docs/Roudybush-112113.pdf

Jon Edward Shields
Manassas, Virginia
12-053-088550

On November 5, 2013, the Virginia State Bar Fifth District – Section III Subcommittee issued a public reprimand to Jon Edward Shields for violating professional rules that govern safekeeping property, communication, and declining or terminating representation. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges. RPC 1.15(a)(1), 1.4(a), 1.16(d)(e)

http://www.vsb.org/docs/Shield-112113.pdf

Notices to Members

Proposed New Rule of Professional Conduct 5.8

The VSB’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics is seeking public comment on proposed rule of professional conduct 5.8: Procedures for Lawyers Leaving Law Firms and Dissolution of Law Firms. Comments are due by February 14, 2014, March 6, 2014, to the VSB offices or publiccomment@vsb.org.

Details: http://www.vsb.org/docs/prop-rule-5-8_112513.pdf

The comment deadline for Proposed Rule 5.8: Procedures for Lawyers Leaving Law Firms and Dissolution of Law Firms has been extended to March 6, 2014.

 

Proposed Amendment to VSB and Council Bylaws

The Virginia State Bar is seeking public comment to a proposed amendment to the Bylaws of the Virginia State Bar and Council. Comments are due by January 24, 2014, to the VSB offices or publiccomment@vsb.org. The proposed amendment adds a new Part III to the bylaws:

Part III Miscellaneous

Amending Bylaws

  • (a) Upon motion of an active member of the Virginia State Bar in good standing, the bylaws contained in either Part I or Part II may be amended at any regular meeting of the Bar Council provided there has been at least 30 days’ notice of the proposed amendment to all Virginia State Bar members. Amendment of the bylaws must be by a two-thirds vote of the Council members present and voting at that regular meeting.
  • (b) Without additional notice to all Virginia State Bar members, the text of the proposed bylaw amendment may be amended by a majority vote of the Council members present and voting at that regular meeting.

or

  • (b) Without additional notice to all Virginia State Bar members, the text of the proposed bylaw amendment may be amended by a majority vote of the Council members present and voting at that regular meeting provided the amended text does not substantively or materially conflict with the intent of the proposed bylaw amendment, as determined by the President.

Details: http://www.vsb.org/site/news/item/proposed-amendment-bylaws-2013-10

Comments Sought on UPL Proposal

The Standing Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law is seeking comments on a proposal concerning representation before general district courts. Comments are due by January 24, 2014, to Karen A. Gould, Executive Director, Virginia State Bar, 707 E. Main St., Suite 1500, Richmond, VA 23219-2800 or to publiccomment@vsb.org.

Details: http://www.vsb.org/site/news/item/comments-sought-on-upl-proposal

New Rule on “Admission by Motion” Adopted

The Supreme Court of Virginia has adopted, effective February 1, 2014, a new Rule 1A:1, addressing admission to the Virginia bar without examination (often called “admission on motion”).

Details: http://www.courts.state.va.us/courts/scv/rulesofcourt.pdf

Supreme Court of Virginia Approves Amendments

  • The Supreme Court of Virginia and VSB Council have approved amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct 1.11 regarding Special Conflicts of Interest, 1.15 regarding Safekeeping Property, and 5.4 regarding Professional Entities.

Details: http://www.vsb.org/docs/2013-11-01_Rule1.11-1.15-5.4.pdf

  • The Court has approved amendments to Rule of Professional Conduct 5.5, regarding Temporary Practice of Foreign Lawyers.

Details: http://www.vsb.org/pro-guidelines/index.php/rules/law-firms-and-associations/rule5-5