Tuesday, February 11, 2014
A subcommittee of the Virginia State Bar has imposed a public reprimand without terms of an attorney who
worked in concert with one Jesus Padilla, Jr., a nonlawyer who presented himself as a lawyer and as President of "Latin Unity" ... to Members of the Latino community who were in need of criminal or traffic defense representation. [He] also worked with one Edith Mobley, a nonlawyer who presented herself to prospective clients as an attorney and president of "Latinos Unidos."
The nonlawyers quoted and collected legal fees and engaged the attorney.
The attorney did not place advanced fees in escrow and falsely claimed to bar investigators that he had done so.
Among the laundry list of ethics violations was failure to supervise nonlawyer assistants.
He has since ceased to practice law. (Mike Frisch)