Friday, October 13, 2017
Having found by substantial evidence that respondent Squire Padgett violated D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct 1.3 (a), (b)(2) & (c); 1.4 (a) & (b); 1.5 (b); 5.1 (a) & (b) & (c)(2); 8.4 (b), (c), & (d); 1.15 (a) & (d); and 1.16 (d), as well as D.C. Bar Rule XI, § 2 (b), the Board of Professional Responsibility (“the Board”) recommended that Mr. Padgett be disbarred from the practice of law in the District of Columbia. The Board found that Mr. Padgett, among other things, engaged in intentional misappropriation. This court has a long-standing rule that intentional or reckless misappropriation of client funds will result in disbarment. See, e.g., In re Viehe, 762 A.2d 542, 544 (D.C. 2000). Additionally, in the course of representing at least two clients, Mr. Padgett misappropriated client funds and engaged in repeated acts of dishonesty and misrepresentation by participating in the scheme to present the false settlement agreements as legitimate.