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Portsmouth lawyer revoked by court, then by the bar

A lawyer accused of continuing to practice in bankruptcy court after being suspended by the Virginia State Bar now has lost his privilege to practice law altogether.

Denny P. Dobbins of Portsmouth was suspended for three months beginning July 1, but U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Stephen St. John said he discovered Dobbins had filed petitions or other documents after that date in connection with three pending bankruptcy cases.

Dobbins said he had suffered a stroke last January and was closing his office after 39 years. St. John revoked Dobbins privilege to practice before the bankruptcy court at a Sept. 20 hearing. Based on St. John’s action, the VSB revoked Dobbins’ law license effective Nov. 16.

The VSB announced the action Feb. 20.

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