Wednesday, October 24, 2007

An Agreed Disposition

A Virginia attorney entered into an agreed disposition of a five year suspension with terms for misconduct in 22 matters that were being investigated by the Virginia State Bar. The terms include a requirement  that he execute a sworn statement  "that he has not received a notice of non-sufficient funds concerning any and all financial institution accounts where [he] currently serves as a fiduciary or assumes a fiduciary obligation...during the five-year period of his license suspension." The disposition acknowledges extensive misconduct including use of his trust account for personal financial matters, including a payment on his son's law school loan. Explanation: "he must do what he had to do." I believe that disbarment in Virginia is for a minimum of seven years, although I was unable to confirm that fact in my cursory review of the Virginia Bar rules. (Mike Frisch)

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