02.20.2014 Reprimand [Mecklenburg County]

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Melvin L. Wall, Jr., received a reprimand from the Grievance Committee of the North Carolina State Bar on February 20, 2014.  In 2010, Mr. Wall served as a surety on the bond for one of his clients.  In doing so, Wall violated N.C. Gen. Stat. 15A-541, as well as three North Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct: (1) Rule 1.7(a)(2); (2) Rule 1.8(e); and (3) Rule 8.4(d).

Additionally, Wall commingled entrusted funds with personal funds by placing client funds in a home safe that also contained Wall’s personal funds.  Commingling of funds is a violation of Rule 1.15-2(a) of the North Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct.

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About Tripp Huffstetler, Senior Staff Writer (57 Articles)
Tripp Huffstetler served as the Senior Ethics Staff Writer for the Campbell Law Observer. He is originally from Cherryville, North Carolina. In 2011, Tripp graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy as well as Political Science. During his undergraduate studies, Tripp spent summers assisting at a practice in his hometown of Cherryville. During law school he interned with the Hon. Kris Bailey, District Court Judge; Judge Paige Phillips, Wake County Magistrate; the Hon. Paul C. Ridgeway, Superior Court Judge; and the Wake County District Attorney's Office. He also assisted a local attorney in drafting a guide to interlocutory appeals, which will be published by the North Carolina Bar Association. Tripp graduated from Campbell Law School in May 2014.
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