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Commonwealth of Massachusetts

NO. BD-2004-014

IN RE: JAMES W. SPRADLING II

SUMMARY1

The respondent is an attorney who was admitted to practice in Massachusetts, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas. On November 13, 2003, the Louisiana Supreme Court determined that the respondent posed a threat of harm to the public and his clients and placed him on interim suspension. In re Spradling, 860 So.2d 1105 (La. 2003). Reciprocal discipline proceedings commenced in Massachusetts, and the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County temporarily suspended the respondent on April 14, 2004. Matter of Spradling, 20 Mass. Att’y Disc. R. 497 (2004). The respondent complied with the order of temporary suspension.

On January 26, 2007, the Supreme Court of Louisiana ordered that the respondent be permanently disbarred for reasons set forth in In re Spradling, ___So.2d___(La. 2007), 2007 WL 196385(La.), 2006-1971 (La. 1/26/07). Bar counsel filed a petition for reciprocal discipline in the county court asking that the respondent be disbarred, with the effective date retroactive to the date of the temporary suspension.

The county court issued an order of notice on February 15, 2007, directing the respondent to inform the court why the imposition of reciprocal discipline would be unwarranted in Massachusetts. The respondent was duly served with the order of notice but filed no response.

On April 17, 2007, there was a hearing on the petition in the county court attended by bar counsel. The respondent did not appear. Following the hearing, the county court (Cordy, J.) entered a judgment of disbarment effective retroactively to April 14, 2004.



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



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