On October 31, 2007 Ralph T. Bryant filed an affidavit surrendering his license to practice law with the North Carolina State Bar in which he admitted to misappropriating over sixty thousand in client and fiduciary funds to his own use. As a result, he was disbarred by order on November 6, 2007. On March 27, 2014, Bryant filed a petition for reinstatement.
On August 22, 2014 the Disciplinary Hearing Panel decided to deny Bryant’s petition for reinstatement. The panel noted that although Bryant displayed reform as demonstrated through his volunteer work during the time of his disbarment, the gravity of the misconduct and the pervasiveness of stresses and pressures that originally led Bryant to misappropriate client funds weigh against reinstatement. Moreover, Bryant failed to satisfy his burden pursuant to § .0125(a)(3)(D) for his law license to be reinstated.