1.21.16 Suspension [Mecklenburg County]

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On January 21, 2016 Kevin Byrnes was suspended from the practice of law.  In connection with his law practice, Byrnes maintained multiple trust accounts.  While holding these trusts, Byrnes failed to perform quarterly reconciliations, failed to distribute funds to those entitled, failed to keep accurate ledgers, failed to deposit funds into the trusts, and made several checks out to “cash” from several trust accounts.  All of these actions were in violation of the rules of professional conduct.  The committee found that although these actions were wrong, there was no evidence of intentional harm to clients.  Byrne’s’ law license was suspended for five years, with the option to stay the period after two years.

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