Antoinette L. Van-Riel violated numerous rules after being hired to represent M. K. in separation and divorce proceedings. Van-Riel violated Rule 1.4 of the North Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct for failing to respond to M. K.’s calls and requests for information. She also violated Rules 1.5(a) and 1.4 for charging clearly excessive fees and failing to communicate with the client when the client had questions about the excessively charged invoice. Lastly, Van-Riel violated Rules 1.5(f)(2) and 8.1(b) for failing to participate in the North Carolina State Bar’s fee dispute program or the grievance process.
As a result, the North Carolina State Bar reprimanded Van-Riel for professional misconduct on February 24, 2014.
View the full disciplinary order below.