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Ethics

Lawyer Charged with Raping Client

September 21, 2015

While sexual relations are rarely appropriate, even when permitted by the Rules of Professional Responsibility, raping one’s client is an atrocity so against the integrity of the legal profession, it is unlikely a lawyer charged with raping his client will prevail with the State Bar. ...[Continue Reading]

2.23.15 Suspension [Buncombe County]

April 30, 2015

Clarke Wittstruck failed on multiple occasions to maintain, manage, and handle client funds.  Wittstruck neglected client matters and communications, which caused his clients to suffer legal consequences, such as arrest.  He changed the handling of his firm, and in the transition period, operated ...[Continue Reading]

02.20.15 Suspension [Carteret County]

April 30, 2015

James Thompson, III, mishandled client funds and allowed non-attorney staff to prepare documents and write checks for closings, resulting in irregularities which harmed clients.  These irregularities resulted in clients’ failure to collect earnest money deposits, unreasonable closing costs to ...[Continue Reading]

2.20.15 Suspension [Cumberland County]

April 29, 2015

Laura Johnson intermingled client funds with personal funds and operating funds within the same trust account.  She also paid fees and payments to the Clerk of Court using funds that had been deposited into the account for other purposes.  Johnson failed to reconcile her trust account, refund ...[Continue Reading]

02.13.15 Suspension [Buncombe County]

April 29, 2015

Keith Henry was the staff attorney for Southern Financial Services until 2011.  Henry established a living trust for a South Carolina couple, clients of Southern Financial Services, while he was not licensed to practice law in South Carolina.  Henry continued to provide document review for ...[Continue Reading]
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