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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.
On September 10, 2015, Warren Ballentine was suspended for a period of time to conclude the proceedings in Illinois showing professional unfitness. Ballentine was found guilty of one count of mail fraud affecting a financial institution, one count of wire fraud affecting a financial institution, ...[Continue Reading]
On August 27, 2015, Steve Combs was suspended from the practice of law for three years. Combs was found to have failed to timely complete title insurance applications and premium information, and failed to inform his client of his failure to complete the title opinion and disburse the title ...[Continue Reading]
On August 21, 2015, Andrew Patterson, II, was disbarred from the practice of law. Patterson was found to have failed to appear and timely schedule court hearings, failed to act with reasonable diligence when representing a client, and failed to respond to clients regarding active cases. ...[Continue Reading]
On August 18, 2015, Paul Brock was suspended from the practice of law for two years. Brock began a dating/sexual relationship with a client during his representation of her during a child custody case, ended their dating relationship, and while continuing to represent her, continued to have ...[Continue Reading]
On July 31, 2015, Dawn Donleycott Johnson Warren’s petition for a stay of the remaining of her suspension period was denied. Johnson Warren was suspended on September 19, 2012, for three years. As part of her terms of suspension, she was to submit her law license and membership card to the ...[Continue Reading]
Stanley Mitchell engaged in sexual relations with a client whom he was appointed by the court to represent. As such, he violated Rules 1.19(a) and 8.4(d) of the North Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct. The North Carolina Bar disbarred Mitchell on July 17, 2015, as a result of his actions. ...[Continue Reading]
Thomasine Moore failed to ensure trusted funds received by a client were deposited into her trust account and maintained in trust in violation of Rule 1.15-2(b) and failed to properly maintain entrusted funds in violation of Rule 1.15-2(a) and (m). Moore’s failure to ensure funds required by a ...[Continue Reading]
Robert Gallant failed to file his federal and state income tax returns for tax years 2007 through 2013. Gallant’s failure to file his taxes was a willful action, and as such he violated 26 U.S.C. § 7203 and N.C. Gen. Stat. § 105-236(a)(9). Gallant committed criminal acts that reflect ...[Continue Reading]
In August 2014, Robert Griffin was suspended by the Disciplinary Hearing Commission of the State Bar. As of March 25, 2015, Griffin had served six months of the active suspension, and applied for reinstatement on April 8, 2015. Griffin failed to show by clear and convincing evidence that he ...[Continue Reading]
Marty McConchie misappropriated client funds when in May 2010 he used $1,275.13 of the $1,453.25 in client funds being held in trust for the benefit of himself. In doing so, McConchie violated Rule 1.15-2(j) and Rule 8.4(c) of the North Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct. The North Carolina ...[Continue Reading]
Robert J. Howell was arrested on June 12, 2015, for kidnapping, attempted murder, first-degree burglary, and possession of cocaine in Charleston, South Carolina. The pending charges against Howell raised concern for his mental health, stability and fitness to practice law, and if proven, would ...[Continue Reading]
Christopher Boothe failed to file his state and federal taxes in 2012 and 2013, and also failed to pay state taxes in 2012 and 2013. Boothe did not file his federal or state income taxes for the years 2012 and 2013 until December 2014. Since Boothe’s failure to file hit federal and state ...[Continue Reading]
On May 9, 2013, Elaine Kelley was suspended from the practice of law for six months by a superior court judge. On March 17, 2014, the Disciplinary Hearing Commission entered an order suspending Kelley for four years. On May 26, 2015, Kelley submitted a petition to stay her suspension, which was ...[Continue Reading]
William Wallace Respess, Jr. was suspended from the practice of law for two years on June 9th, 2015 after the State Bar found several violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct. Respess, while representing a client on her divorce, engaged in a sexual relationship with her in violation of ...[Continue Reading]
On August 5, 2015, the North Carolina State Bar conducted a random procedural audit of John Johnston’s trust accounts. The audit revealed several problems highlighting Johnston’s failure to maintain and document his trust account as specified in Rules of Professional Conduct 1.15-1, 1.15-2, ...[Continue Reading]