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NO. BD-2002-079


S.J.C. Judgment of Disbarment entered by Justice Spina on July 16, 2003.1


On July 29, 2002, the Disciplinary Hearing Commission of the North Carolina State Bar issued an order disbarring the respondent from the practice of law in North Carolina. The respondent had filed an affidavit supporting findings by the State Bar that the respondent had misappropriated client funds for his personal benefit, disbursed more funds to clients from his trust account than he was holding in the account for the clients, issued checks payable to cash from the trust account, and failed for the year 2000 to reconcile his trust account balance with funds he was supposed to be holding in trust for his clients on at least a quarterly basis. The respondent did not notify the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers or the bar counsel that he had been disbarred, thereby violating S. J. C. Rule 4:01, § 16(6).

On November 27, 2002, the bar counsel filed a petition for reciprocal discipline in the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County. The county court held a hearing on the petition on July 10, 2003, which the respondent did not attend. On July 16, 2003, the county court (Spina, J.) entered an judgment of disbarment.

1 The complete Order of the Court is available by contacting the Clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County.

2 Compiled by the Board of Bar Overseers based on the record before the Court.

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