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Summaries of Disciplinary Orders will be published below on a timely basis following their release from the State Bar in order to provide the North Carolina legal community with an accessible way to stay abreast of ongoing challenges faced by the legal profession.
Sir Ashley James Harrison was suspended from the practice of law on December 8, 2015. Several clients filed complaints against Harrison. The disciplinary committee found that Harrison failed to notify clients of court appearances, failed to refund money when he offered no legal services, and ...[Continue Reading]
Karla Simon was temporarily suspended from the practice of law, pending further investigation, on November 30, 2015. Simon pled guilty in Massachusetts in November 2014 of felony stalking. She was also found guilty of 29 counts of violating a harassment prevention order and 9 counts of ...[Continue Reading]
Victor H. Morgan, Jr. was disbarred from the practice of law on November 18, 2015. Prior to disbarment, Morgan’s license was suspended for three years effective June 15, 2013. Morgan represented numerous clients before his suspension. During his suspension, Morgan failed to return files to ...[Continue Reading]
Jimmy A. Pettus was disbarred on November 11, 2015. The State Bar found that between November 2010 and December 2011, Pettus, as managing partner, misappropriated entrusted funds for his own benefit or for the benefit of Vick & Associates. By misappropriating entrusted funds, Pettus committed ...[Continue Reading]
H. Russell Vick and Jimmy A. Pettus, partners in Vick & Associates, were disciplined for not timely depositing their employee’s IRA withholdings into the participating employees’ simple IRA accounts. Rather, they commingled the withholdings with other funds used for the benefits of Vick ...[Continue Reading]
Robert Tucker was suspended from the practice of law on November 3, 2015. During the course of his law practice, Tucker mishandled several trust accounts by failing to properly keep records and disbursing more funds than were deposited. Tucker also failed to record deeds of trust for several ...[Continue Reading]
The complaint filed against Gretchen M. Engel alleging that she had engaged in intentional misconduct, willfulness, or bad faith, was dismissed on November 2, 2015. Engel was employed as the Director of Post-Conviction Litigation for the Center for Death Penalty Litigation (CDPL) in Durham. ...[Continue Reading]
On October 23, 2015, William Sage was disbarred from the practice of law. Sage misappropriated entrusted client funds in the amount of 43,500, in violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct. He resigned his practice of law to the NC State Bar and tendered his license. As a result of his ...[Continue Reading]
On October 23, 2015, Adrian Garcia was disbarred from the practice of law. Garcia misappropriated entrusted client funds in the amount of $4,000, and abandoned his legal practice in violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct. He resigned his license to practice law to the NC State Bar and ...[Continue Reading]
L.J. Blackwood, II, was disbarred from the practice of law on October 20, 2015, when he was found to have misappropriated at least $87,938.38 of entrusted client funds. Blackwood has been ordered to reimburse all misappropriated funds in the full amounts and to the recipients determined by the ...[Continue Reading]
Garey M. Ballance was disbarred from the practice of law on October 8, 2015. The North Carolina State Bar filed a complaint against Ballance on March 30, 2015, alleging that he had appropriated funds entrusted to him by his clients for his own use. Ballance failed to maintain trust account ...[Continue Reading]
On September 28, 2015, Jason Gold was reinstated to practice law, and his suspension stayed. He was suspended on September 26, 2013 for five years for making false or misleading statements to investigative officers. He complied with the disciplinary order and his suspension was stayed, and he ...[Continue Reading]
On September 28, 2015, Jeffrey Berman was reinstated to practice law. He was suspended on May 1, 2013 for improperly handling a client’s case and failing to disclose certain documents and information. He complied with the disciplinary order and was reinstated. Trouble viewing? Click here to ...[Continue Reading]
On September 25, 2015, Franklin Huggins was disbarred from the practice of law. Huggins misappropriate d entrusted client funds, used client entrusted funds for his personal benefit and/or the benefit of others not entitled to those funds, engaged in criminal activity and conduct involving ...[Continue Reading]
On September 16, 2015, Jeffrey Smith was suspended from the practice of law for two years. Smith was found to have failed to conduct monthly and quarterly reconciliations of his trust account, failed to disburse proper funds for clients based on those in the trust account, disbursed funds in ...[Continue Reading]