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Disciplinary System Actions

January 2020 – June 2020

(Except for Agreed Dispositions, disciplinary actions imposed by a District Committee remain subject to appeal for 10 days after notice of the determination is served on 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 August 6, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

June 24, 2020

 

David B. Parks Sr., 104 Mallard Drive, Duck, North Carolina 27949-4481

 

VSB Docket No. 20-010-116823

 

Effective June 24, 2020, the Virginia State Bar First District Subcommittee issued a public reprimand without terms to David B. Parks Sr. for violating professional rules that govern diligence and communication. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

 

View Parks Order

 

 

June 18, 2020

 

Todd Russell Lewis, Lewis Law LC, 2200 Wilson Blvd., Ste.102-50, Arlington, VA 22201

VSB Docket No. 17-041-109047

Effective June 17, 2020, pursuant to Virginia Rule of Professional Conduct 8.5(a) and (b), the Virginia State Bar Fourth District, Section I Subcommittee issued a public reprimand without terms to Todd Russell Lewis for violating Maryland’s professional rules that govern competence, diligence, and safekeeping property. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

 

View Lewis Order

 

 

May 21, 2020

William Franklin Burton, Burton Law LLC, Suite 600, 5425 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

VSB Docket No. 19-051-115210

By Order entered May 20, 2020, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended William Franklin Burton’s license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia for a period of one year and one day for violating professional rules that govern competence, diligence, communication, truthfulness in statements to others, and bar admission and disciplinary matters. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges. 

 

View Burton Order

 

 

May 20, 2020 

Raymond Lewis Palmer, The Law Offices of Raymond L. Palmer Sr., 100 N. 5th Street, Richmond, VA 23219

VSB Docket No. 19-033-115044

By Order entered May 15, 2020, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended, with terms, Raymond Lewis Palmer’s license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia for a period of one year for violating professional rules that govern diligence and safekeeping property. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.  The suspension is effective September 15, 2020.

View Palmer Order 

 

 

May 13, 2020

 

Ellen Mary Lynch, 3709 North Nelson Street, Arlington, VA 22207

VSB Docket No. 20-000-118465

On May 12, 2020, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Ellen Mary Lynch’s license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia pursuant to Part Six, Section IV, Paragraph 13-23 of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia.

 

View Lynch Order

 

 

May 13, 2020

 

Kathryn Suzanne Pennington, 678 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23457

 VSB Docket Nos. 18-021-110430, 18-021-110932, 18-021-112103, 19-021-113686, 19-021-114516, 19-021-114656

 

 

Effective May 11, 2020, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Kathryn Suzanne Pennington’s license to practice law based on her affidavit consenting to the revocation. By tendering her consent to revocation at a time when allegations of misconduct are pending, Pennington acknowledges that the material facts upon which the allegations of misconduct are predicated are true.

 View Pennington Order

 

 

May 4, 2020

Cheryl Schroeder Thomas, 1060 Laskin Road, Suite 14B, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

20-000-117149

On April 29, 2020, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended Cheryl Schroeder Thomas’s license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia pursuant to Part Six, Section IV, Paragraph 13-23.D of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia.  

View Thomas Order

 

 

April 29, 2020

Timothy Scott Carnes, 713 Colonial Avenue. Norfolk, VA 23507

VSB Docket No. 20-000-118442

Effective April 28, 2020, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Timothy Scott Carnes’s license to practice law based on his affidavit consenting to the revocation. By tendering his consent to revocation at a time when allegations of misconduct are pending, Carnes acknowledges that the material facts upon which the allegations of misconduct are predicated are true.

View Carnes Order

 

 

April 24, 2020

Babak Bagheri, North Law, 4710 Falstone Avenue, Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815

VSB Docket No. 20-000-117931

 

Effective April 24, 2020, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Babak Bagheri’s  license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This was a reciprocal revocation, based on his January 9, 2020, disbarment from the practice of law by the Court of Appeals of Maryland.

 

View Bagheri Order

 

 

April 20, 2020

Babak Bagheri, North Law, 4710 Falstone Avenue, Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815

VSB Docket No. 20-000-117931

Effective April 20, 2020, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Babak Bagheri’s license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The suspension was based on his  disbarment from the practice of law by the Court of Appeals of Maryland. The board ordered Bagheri to appear before the board (via teleconference) on May 15, 2020, to show cause why the same discipline imposed in the other jurisdiction should not be imposed by the board.

View Bagheri Order

 

 

April 10, 20202

Daniel Francis Izzo, 6800 Signature Circle, Alexandria, VA 22310

VSB Docket No. 19-053-116012

Effective April 8, 2020, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended, with terms, Daniel Francis Izzo’s license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia for one year and one day for violating professional rules that govern scope of representation, diligence, communication, and misconduct. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

View Izzo Order

 

 

April 8, 2020

 

Janice Lynn Redinger, Janice L. Redinger, P.L.C., 435 Park Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

VSB Docket No. 19-070-116058

 

Effective April 7, 2020, the Virginia State Bar Seventh District Subcommittee issued a public reprimand without terms to Janice Lynn Redinger for violating professional rules that govern fairness to opposing party and counsel. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

 

View Redinger Order

 

 

April 6, 2020

Rose Ann Palmer, Law Office of Rose A. Palmer PLLC, 8005-C Creighton Pkwy #814, Mechanicsville, VA  23111

VSB Docket Nos. 20-000-117391 and 20-000-117563

On March 10, 2020, the Virginia State Bar Sixth District Subcommittee issued an admonition with terms to Rose Ann Palmer for violating professional rules that govern diligence, communication, and safekeeping property.

View Palmer Order

 

 

March 20, 2020

 

Charles Edwin Taylor, Charles E. Taylor, P.C., Suite 3-D, 1311-A Dolley Madison Blvd., McLean, VA 22101-3925

 

VSB Docket No. 19-052-114176

 

Effective March 19, 2020, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board issued a public reprimand with terms to Charles Edwin Taylor for violating professional rules that govern diligence and bar admission and disciplinary matters. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

 

View Taylor Order

 

March 20, 2020

 

George Ed Barker Jr., 28548 Hawthorne Drive, Meadowview, VA 24361

 

VSB Docket No. 18-102-111159

 

Effective March 17, 2020, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board issued a public reprimand with terms to George Ed Barker Jr. for violating professional rules that concern the commission of a criminal or deliberately wrongful act that reflects adversely on the lawyer's honesty, trustworthiness or fitness to practice law. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

 

View Barker Order

 

March 17, 2020

Ellis Charles Baggs, Baggs Law Group, PLC, 3016 Garland Ave, Richmond, VA  23222

VSB Docket Nos. 20-033-116902 and 20-033-118338

Effective March 13, 2020, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Ellis Charles Baggs’s license to practice law based on his affidavit consenting to the revocation. By tendering his consent to revocation at a time when allegations of misconduct are pending, Baggs acknowledges that the material facts upon which the allegations of misconduct are predicated are true.

View Baggs Order

 

March 17, 2020

 

Kathryn Suzanne Pennington, 678 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23457

VSB Docket No. 20-000-117585

Effective March 13, 2020, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Kathryn Suzanne Pennington’s license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

View Pennington Order

 

 

March 10, 2020

 

Azadeh Sophia Kokabi, 3619 Evergreen Point Road, Medina, WA 98039

 

VSB Docket No. 18-041-112425

 

Effective March 6, 2020, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Azadeh Sophia Kokabi’s license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia for four years for violating a professional rule that governs misconduct. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

 

View Kokabi Order

 

 

March 6, 2020

David Barney Wilks, Legacy Law Group of Northern Virginia, PLLC, 8567-D Sudley Road, Manassas, VA 20110

VSB Docket No. 19-053-114898

Effective February 27, 2020, the Circuit Court of the County of Prince William suspended David Barney Wilks’ license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia for two years for violating professional rules that govern safekeeping property and misconduct.

View Wilks Order

 

 

February 28, 2020

 

David Harris Miller, 4551 Forest Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030

 

VSB Docket No. 20-000-117085

 

Effective February 21, 2020, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked David Harris Miller’s license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia following his conviction on October 4, 2019, by a jury of ten counts of a felony in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.  

View Miller Order

 

February 28, 2020

Traci Leigh Bransford Marquis, 8010 Ashley Circle Drive N, Houston, Texas 77071

VSB Docket No. 19-010-115084

Effective February 26, 2020, a three-judge panel of the Circuit Court for the City of Chesapeake suspended Traci Leigh Bransford Marquis’ license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia for 30 days for violating professional rules that govern diligence, communication, safekeeping property, declining or terminating representation, communication concerning a lawyer’s services, and misconduct. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

View Marquis Order

 

 

 

February 27, 2020

 

Michael Anthony Cole, 4122 Virgie Cole Road, South Boston, VA 24592

 

VSB Docket Nos. 19-090-114614 and 20-090-117131

Effective February 21, 2020, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Michael Anthony Cole’s license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia for violating professional rules that govern safekeeping property, truthfulness in statements to others, bar admission and disciplinary matters, and misconduct.

View Cole Order

 

 

February 27, 2020

 

Michael Anthony Cole, 4122 Virgie Cole Road, South Boston, VA 24592

VSB Docket No. 20-000-117811

Effective February 21, 2020, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Michael Anthony Cole’s license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia for one year and one month for failing to comply with Part Six, Section IV, Paragraph 13-29 of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia.

View Cole Order

 

 

February 21, 2020

 

Kenneth Steven Kaufman, 7862 Oracle Place, Potomac, MD 20854

 

VSB Docket No. 20-000-117428

 

Effective February 21, 2020, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Kenneth Steven Kaufman’s license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This was a reciprocal revocation, based on his November 22, 2019, disbarment from the practice of law by the Court of Appeals of Maryland.

 

View Kaufman Order

 

 

February 19, 2020

Jason Michael Breneman, COTULaw, P.O. Box 405, Ashland, VA 23005

VSB Docket Nos. 18-032-111093, 19-032-114090, 19-032-114975, 19-000-114710, 19-000-114711

Effective February 14, 2020, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended, with terms, Jason Michael Breneman’s license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia for three months for violating professional rules that govern competence, diligence, communication, the unauthorized practice of law, bar admission and disciplinary matters, and misconduct. Breneman also failed to comply with rules governing two interim suspension orders. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

View Breneman Order

 

 

February 19, 2020

 

Craig Edward Baumann, Craig E. Baumann, P.C., 8770 Richmond Highway, Alexandria.VA 22309-4204

 

VSB Docket No. 18-042-110663

 

Effective February 18, 2020, a Virginia State Bar Fourth District Subcommittee issued a public reprimand with terms to Craig Edward Baumann for violating professional rules that govern safekeeping property, meritorious claims and contentions, and fairness to opposing party and counsel. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

 

View Baumann Order

 

 

February 11, 2020

Sterling Harrisbe Weaver Sr., Weaver Law Practice, PLLC, P.O. Box 543, Portsmouth, VA 23705-0543

VSB Docket No. 18-010-112743

On February 6, 2020, the Virginia State Bar First District Committee issued an admonition with terms to Sterling Harrisbe Weaver Sr. for violating a professional rule that governs safekeeping property.

View Weaver Order

 

 

February 10, 2020

 

James Anthony Rivera

The Law Office of James A. Rivera, PLLC

209 Elden Street, Suite 101

Herndon, VA 20170

 

VSB Docket No. 19-051-114354

 

Effective February 7, 2020, a Virginia State Bar Fifth District Subcommittee issued a public reprimand with terms to James Anthony Rivera for violating a professional rule that governs safekeeping property. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

 

View Rivera Order

 

 

 

February 10, 2020

 

Paul Granville Watson IV

P.O. Box 600

Eastville, VA 23347

VSB Docket No. 19-022-115618 

Effective February 10, 2020, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Paul Granville Watson IV’s license to practice law based on his affidavit consenting to the revocation. By tendering his consent to revocation at a time when allegations of misconduct are pending, Watson acknowledges that the material facts upon which the allegations of misconduct are predicated are true. 

View Watson Order

 

 

February 10, 2020

 

Clifford John Shoemaker
Shoemaker, Gentry & Knickelbein

9711 Meadlowlark Road

Vienna, VA 22182

 

VSB Docket No. 20-051-117628

Effective February 7, 2020, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked Clifford John Shoemaker’s license to practice law based on his affidavit consenting to the revocation. By tendering his consent to revocation at a time when allegations of misconduct are pending, Shoemaker acknowledges that the material facts upon which the allegations of misconduct are predicated are true.

View Shoemaker Order

  

January 29, 2020

Kenneth Steven Kaufman,7862 Oracle Place, Potomac, MD 20854

VSB Docket No. 20-000-117428

Effective January 28, 2020, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended Kenneth Steven Kaufman’s license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The suspension was based on his November 22, 2019, disbarment from the practice of law by the Court of Appeals of Maryland. The board ordered Kaufman to appear before the board on February 21, 2020, to show cause why the same discipline imposed in the other jurisdiction should not be imposed by the board.

View Kaufman Order

 

January 27, 2020 *   **

Randall Sousa, The Law Offices of Randall Sousa, P.C., 3007 Williams Drive, Fairfax, VA 22031

VSB Docket No. 20-000-117517

Effective January 24, 2020, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Randall Sousa’s license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia for three years for failing to comply with Part Six, Section IV, Paragraph 13-29 of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia.

View Sousa Order

*On April 3, 2020, Mr. Sousa filed a notice of appeal.

**On June 25, 2020 the Virginia Supreme Court dismissed the appeal.

 

 

January 24, 2020

 

Philip R. Farthing, 7320 Glenroie Ave Unit 4-F, Norfolk, Virginia 23505-3061

 

VSB Docket No. 18-010-110420; Circuit Court Case No. CL19-5110

Effective January 21, 2020, the Circuit Court for the City of Norfolk revoked Philip R. Farthing’s license to practice law based on his affidavit consenting to the revocation. By tendering his consent to revocation at a time when allegations of misconduct are pending, Farthing acknowledges that the material facts upon which the allegations of misconduct are predicated are true.

View Farthing Order

 

 

January 22, 2020

 

David Colin Jones Jr., 10617 Jones Street, Suite 301-A, Fairfax, VA 22030

 

VSB Docket No. 19-051-114067

 

Effective January 21, 2020, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board issued a public reprimand with terms to David Colin Jones Jr. for violating professional rules that govern diligence and communication. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

 

View Jones Order

 

 

 

January 22, 2020

 

Vaughan Christopher Jones, Johnson Jones LLP, 1622 W. Main St., Richmond, VA 23220

 

VSB Docket No. 19-032-113123

Circuit Court Case No. CL19-4597-8 

 

Effective January 16, 2020, the Circuit Court for the City of Richmond issued a public reprimand with terms to Vaughan Christopher Jones for violating professional rules that govern competence and diligence. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

 

View Jones Order

 

January 14, 2020

Danielle Madison Holt Lewis, 1105 Ironington Road, Richmond, VA 23227

VSB Docket No. 19-031-115415

Effective January 13, 2020, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended, with terms, Danielle Madison Holt Lewis’ license to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia for 90 days for violating professional rules that govern safekeeping property and misconduct. This was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges.

View Lewis Order

 

January 2, 2020

Michael Anthony Cole, Michael A. Cole, PC, 4122 Virgie Cole Rd., South Boston, VA 24592

VSB Docket No. 20-090-117131


On January 2, 2020, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board administratively suspended Michael Anthony Cole’s license to practice law for failing to comply with a subpoena duces tecum issued by the Bar.

View Cole Order

 

 

 

 

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