nvdaily.com link to home page

Traffic | Weather | Mobile Edition
Archives | Subscribe

Local News arrow Courts & Legal News arrow Winchester

| 1 | 0 Comments

State bar disciplinary board suspends attorney's license

By Joe Beck -- jbeck@nvdaily.com

The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board filed a summary order Monday suspending the law license of Winchester attorney Phillip S. Griffin II.

The suspension, which takes effect Friday, was issued under an agreed disposition reached between Griffin and unspecified other parties, according to the summary order. The order states that the board "accepts the agreed disposition, as modified, and the respondent shall receive a six-month suspension, effective Aug. 24, 2012" as specified in the disposition.

The order identifies 12 violations of rules of professional conduct that "have been proved by clear and convincing evidence." The order also states that the board was dismissing "all other disciplinary violations charged against" Griffin contained in an earlier document.

A call to Griffin's law office seeking comment on the case was not returned Wednesday.

The summary order does not identify who brought the case to the disciplinary board's attention or give details about the circumstances of the violations.

According to the summary order, the list of 12 rules of professional conduct that were violated include:

• A lawyer shall act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client.

• A lawyer shall keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information.

• The lawyer's fee shall be adequately explained to the client. When the lawyer has not regularly represented the client, the amount, basis, or rate of the fee shall be communicated to the client, preferably in writing, before or within a reasonable time after commencing representation.

Several other rules cited in the summary order warn that lawyers shall not:

• Knowingly disobey or advise a client to disregard a standing rule or a ruling of a tribunal made in the course of a proceeding, but the lawyer may take steps, in good faith to test the validity of such a rule or ruling.

• Present or threaten to present criminal or disciplinary charges solely to obtain an advantage in a civil matter.

Leave a comment

What do you think?

(You may use HTML tags for style)


Comments that are posted on nvdaily.com represent the opinion of the commenter and not the Northern Virginia Daily/nvdaily.com. If you feel that a comment is objectionable, please click on the Report Abuse link above and in your e-mail to us include the comment. We will review the reported comment and make a decision on deleting it if we feel that it contains inappropriate content.


Look Who 'Likes' nvdaily!

Daily readers: Click the "LIKE" button above to get Daily news and breaking news alerts on your Facebook page.

Activity & Recommendations

Local News Sections

Agency on Aging Agriculture Apple Blossom Festival Aviation Basye Berryville Boyce Breaking News Briefs Business Charities Civil War Clarke County Colleges Corrections Courthouse Notes: Permits, Transactions Courts & Legal News Crime & Public Safety Economy and Jobs Edinburg Education Edward N. Bell Election 2012 Entertainment Environment Fairs & Festivals Fire & Rescue Fishers Hill Fort Valley Frederick County Front Royal George Washington National Forest Guest Column Hard Times Health History Homes In The Spotlight Ledger Livestock Local Markets Maurertown Media Middletown Military & Veterans Moms Mt. Jackson New Market Page County Pets & Animals Politics Quicksburg Religion RSW Jail School News Shenandoah County Shenandoah Farms Volunteer Fire Department Star Tannery State Stephens City Strasburg Toms Brook Traffic & Transportation Utilities Valley 911 Warren County Weather West Virginia Winchester Woodstock Year in Review

News | Sports | Business | Lifestyle | Obituaries | Opinion | Multimedia| Entertainment | Homes | Classifieds
Contact Us | NIE | Place a Classified | Privacy Policy | Subscribe

Copyright © The Northern Virginia Daily | nvdaily.com | 152 N. Holliday St., Strasburg, Va. 22657 | (800) 296-5137

Best Small Daily Newspaper in Virginia!

nvdaily.com | seeshenandoah.com