April 28, 2008
The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked the license of an attorney who had been suspended since 1989 for non-compliance with professional liability insurance requirements and nonpayment of bar dues. The attorney (who I began prosecuting in 1985 in a D. C. reciprocal discipline matter based on an earlier Virginia three-year suspension) had handled a lis pendens case and a divorce property settlement, deposited a fee into a personal account, and maintained a website that identified him as eligible to practice law. He also billed a client on letterhead that identified him as "Esquire."
My reciprocal case took over a decade to reach the unsatisfactory conclusion of a 30-day suspension. Perhaps it will not take quite so long to end his legal career in the District of Columbia. (Mike Frisch)
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