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Mar 12, 2019

Attorneys – Discipline – Disbarment – Failure to Communicate – Trust Account

Among other things, respondent failed to (1) communicate with his clients, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, or this court; (2) diligently represent his clients; and (3) maintain accurate records for his trust account. Respondent admits that he violated several provisions of the Rules of Professional Conduct: Rule 1.1 (competence); Rule 1.3 (diligence); Rule 1.4 (communication); […]

Oct 11, 2017

Nichols named as next disciplinary counsel

Columbia lawyer John Nichols has been tapped to serve as the new head of the state Supreme Court’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel, which screens, investigates and prosecutes complaints against members of the bar. Nichols, who during the past 15 years has defended many lawyers and some judges against ethical complaints, said Chief Justice Donald Beatty […]

Dec 12, 2016

Attorneys – Discipline – Disbarment – Cocaine Addiction – Clients’ Money & Cases

In re Locklair (Lawyers Weekly No. 010-094-16, 11 pp.) (Per Curiam) (John Few, J., not participating) S.C. S. Ct. Holding: While suffering from a cocaine addiction, respondent ignored his clients, misappropriated their money, and only sporadically responded to communications from the Office of Disciplinary Counsel. Respondent violated multiple Rules of Professional Conduct. Respondent is disbarred[...]

Jul 22, 2016

Attorneys – Discipline – Failure to Communicate – Lack of Diligence – Trust Account

In re Moak (Lawyers Weekly No. 010-056-16, 5 pp.) (Per Curiam) S.C. S. Ct. Holding: In several matters, respondent failed to communicate with his clients and failed to diligently represent his clients; in one case, he also failed to place an unearned fee into a trust account or to refund the unearned fee. Respondent has […]

Jun 29, 2016

Attorneys – Discipline – Disbarment – Theft from Clients & Beneficiaries

In re Warren (Lawyers Weekly No. 010-050-16, 6 pp.) (Per Curiam) S.C. S. Ct. Holding: Where respondent (1) misappropriated more than $171,392 from trusts for which he was the trustee, (2) converted client funds for his personal use, (3) failed to perform work for which he had been paid, (4) failed to return unearned fees, […]

May 12, 2016

Attorneys – Discipline – Public Reprimand – Inactive Member – Criminal Charges – Representing Client While Suspended

In re Herlong (Lawyers Weekly No. 010-039-16, 5 pp.) (Per Curiam) S.C. S. Ct. Holding: The retired, inactive and now-sober respondent-lawyer admits that he violated multiple rules when he committed drug-related felonies, multiple misdemeanors, and traffic offenses. He also admits that he violated multiple rules when, while his license was suspended, he represented a juvenile […]

Apr 25, 2016

Attorneys – Discipline – Disbarment – Lack of Diligence – Dishonesty

In re Stockholm (Lawyers Weekly No. 010-029-16, 5 pp.) (Per Curiam) S.C. S. Ct. Holding: In several matters, respondent failed to pursue litigation for his clients as promised, falsely told his clients that their claims had been settled, and paid or planned to pay them their “settlements” from his own funds. In doing so, respondent […]

Feb 19, 2016

Attorneys — Discipline – Definite Suspension – Communication Failures – Payment Delays

In re Sample (Lawyers Weekly No. 010-009-16, 11 pp.) (Per Curiam) S.C. S. Ct. Holding: Although some of the disciplinary complaints against the respondent-attorney turned out to be baseless, he nevertheless violated Rule of Professional Conduct 8.1(b) when he failed to respond to the Office of Disciplinary Counsel’s notices of investigation. We accept the agreement […]

Apr 26, 2015

Attorneys – Discipline – Disbarment – Client Funds – Practice Closure

In re Cutchin (Lawyers Weekly No. 010-049-15, 7 pp.) (Per Curiam) S.C. S. Ct. Holding:  Where respondent (1) fraudulently deposited client funds into his operating account, (2) misappropriated client funds and failed to return their documents, (3) failed to provide representation he had promised, (4) abandoned his practice without proper closure, (5) has not cooperated […]

Mar 2, 2015

Attorneys — Discipline – Public Reprimand – Trust Account Irregularities

In re Pennington (Lawyers Weekly No. 010-032-15, 4 pp.) (Per Curiam) S.C. S. Ct. Holding: Even though respondent failed to keep adequate financial records and disbursed money to beneficiary John Doe from her own trust account before transferring money from John Doe’s trust account to her own – thus utilizing money belonging to other clients […]

May 27, 2011

Coastal lawyer fined for website ‘puffery’

When the South Carolina Supreme Court caught wind of possible false advertising on Michael Hensley Wells' website, the Conway attorney sprang into action. He scrubbed the offending lines from the site and pulled a bevy of firm brochures and business cards available at a mall kiosk. But for Wells, the founder of the Coastal Law firm, the damage had been done.

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