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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.
In March of 2013, Cary attorney Mark Seifert was arrested and charged with sexual exploitation of a minor. On February 3, 2014, Mr. Seifert entered guilty pleas to nine felony counts of second-degree exploitation of a minor. Judgment was entered subsequently, convicting Mr. Seifert of these ...[Continue Reading]
On January 21, 2014, Rosiland T. Grant submitted an affidavit surrendering her law license. In the affidavit, Grant notes a pending investigation into allegations that she misappropriated client funds exceeding $8,000. On January 24, 2014, the Council accepted Grant’s tender of surrendered law ...[Continue Reading]
On January 2, 2013, Mark L. Bibbs was suspended from the practice of law for a period of one year. ...[Continue Reading]
At the time this order was entered, D. Bernard Alston was already on active suspension pursuant to previous Orders of Discipline. ...[Continue Reading]
James Thomas Brown was censured for his role as closing attorney in certain real estate transactions that occurred from 2004 to 2006. In total, there were nine real estate transactions at issue, all of which were purchase transactions. In his role as the closing attorney, however, Brown ...[Continue Reading]
Susan Saturno was retained to perform a real estate closing on a residential refinance transaction. As the closing attorney, Saturno represented both the homeowner and the lending institution. Though the lending institution requested that Saturno have the homeowner execute a “Road Maintenance ...[Continue Reading]
Edwin M. Hardy was disciplined for various recordkeeping issues pertaining to his client trust account. Specifically, Hardy failed to: conduct monthly and quarterly reconciliations of his attorney trust account; maintain ledgers for each client for whom funds were received in the trust account; ...[Continue Reading]
William “Trippe” McKeny was disciplined for various grievances related to his client trust account, many of which involved McKeny’s failure to properly maintain records relating to the trust account. Additionally, McKeny received payments from clients via credit card; these payments were ...[Continue Reading]
In November 2008, William Belk was elected as a District Court judge in the District Court of Judicial District 26 in Mecklenburg County. At the time of his election, Mr. Belk was also a member of the Board of Directors of Sonic Automotive, Inc. Prior to his swearing-in, Mr. Belk was advised that a ...[Continue Reading]
In early 2012, the North Carolina Board of Continuing Legal Education mailed the 2011 CLE reporting form to John David Hauser, a Wake County attorney. All annual report forms were to be signed and returned to the State Bar or postmarked by February 29, 2012. Because Mr. Hauser did not return his ...[Continue Reading]
This disciplinary order relates to two different trust accounts maintained by John H. McWilliam at two different firms during two different time periods. Prior to May 31, 2011, McWilliam was a member of Firm 1, where he maintained a trust account with BB&T. On May 31, 2011, McWilliam formed ...[Continue Reading]
In August 2008, the Disciplinary Hearing Commission of the North Carolina State Bar suspended Paul L. Erickson from the practice of law for a period of five years. Mr. Erickson’s suspension was based on his role in a “debt elimination scheme.” In its twenty-two page order, the Commission ...[Continue Reading]
On March 8, 2013, the Disciplinary Hearing Commission entered an order of discipline suspending Wilbur L. Linton, Jr., for two years. That suspension was stayed for three years, however, contingent on Mr. Linton’s compliance with various conditions imposed by the order. The original matter ...[Continue Reading]
On October 2, 2013, Matthew Jeffrey Lester submitted an “Affidavit of Surrender of Law License” in the Superior Court of Wake County, North Carolina. Mr. Lester’s voluntary resignation was preceded by a pending investigation concerning allegations that he misappropriated client funds. ...[Continue Reading]
Phillip Hunter Gilfus, a Fayetteville attorney, served as treasurer of the Cumberland County Democratic Men’s Club (CCDMC) beginning in 2009. As treasurer, the CCDMC entrusted Mr. Gilfus with access to a bank account maintained by CCDMC. Over the course of eight months, Mr. Gilfus wrote ten ...[Continue Reading]