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Bar Discipline

Aug 31, 2016

Columbia attorney suspended

Attorney: Joenathan Shelly Chaplin Location: Columbia Bar membership: Member since 1996 Disciplinary action: Suspended from the practice of law for one year, retroactive to the date of his interim suspension, on Aug. 24 Background: As part of the investigation into money laundering, federal agents requested Chaplin provide records of payments made to him by criminal […]

Jun 9, 2014

Paying for accounting help is cheaper in the long run

Most weeks, including this one, you can find our roundup of attorneys who have been sanctioned by the state Supreme Court for violating ethical rules. We print these as cautionary tales illustrating the kinds of behaviors most likely to get an attorney disbarred. You may have noticed that, while occasionally we find instances of unusual […]

Mar 5, 2014

Bar Discipline Roundup: Williamston attorney disbarred, McMaster suspended

Attorney: Philip Earle Williams Location: Williamston Bar membership: Member since 1986 Disciplinary action: Disbarred on March 5 Background: Williams drafted a will for a client that named himself personal representative. After the client’s death, he improperly handled $300,000 in estate funds, making improper payments to himself and others. The beneficiaries demanded a full accounting, but[...]

South Carolina Court of Appeals
Feb 28, 2014

Bar Discipline Roundup: Myrtle Beach attorney suspended

Attorney: Robert Paul Taylor Location: Myrtle Beach Bar membership: Member since 2002 Disciplinary action: Suspended until further notice on Feb. 19 Background: The Supreme Court suspended Taylor’s license to practice law until further order and appointed a special receiver to assume responsibility for his client files and law office accounts to protect the interests of […]

Dec 24, 2013

Bar Discipline Roundup: Charleston attorney disbarred

Attorney: Michael Anthony Walker Location: Charleston Bar membership: Member since 1976 Disciplinary action: Disbarred on Dec. 11 Background: Walker failed to pay a medical provider’s bill from a client’s proceeds, despite telling the client he had done so, misappropriated $1,880 the provider was to receive, and provided a fabricated check image to the collection agency. […]

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