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Beach lawyer surrenders license

Virginia Beach attorney John W. Hart has surrendered his license to practice law rather than face allegations that he misappropriated more than $85,000. According to Virginia State Bar documents, Hart became trustee of an irrevocable trust in 2004 and misappropriated ...

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Beach lawyer surrenders license

Virginia Beach attorney John W. Hart has surrendered his license to practice law rather than face allegations that he misappropriated more than $85,000. According to Virginia State Bar documents, Hart became trustee of an irrevocable trust in 2004 and misappropriated ...

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Lawyers question logic of attorney testimony case (access required)

In a case that surprised some criminal defense lawyers, the Virginia Court of Appeals approved the use of a lawyer’s testimony against his former client in a decision released earlier this month. In a malicious wounding trial in Newport News, ...

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Henrico ex-lawyer indicted for embezzlement

A former attorney in Henrico County has been indicted for an alleged embezzlement that already had cost him his license to practice law. William O. Smith, 70, appeared briefly today in Henrico Circuit Court and is expected to enter a ...

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Henrico ex-lawyer indicted for embezzlement

A former attorney in Henrico County has been indicted for an alleged embezzlement that already had cost him his license to practice law. William O. Smith, 70, appeared briefly today in Henrico Circuit Court and is expected to enter a ...

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VSB reprimands York prosecutor

York County Commonwealth’s Attorney Eileen M. Addison accepted today a public reprimand from the Virginia State Bar for failing to acknowledge a tentative plea agreement with a key witness during a murder trial in April 2007. That resolution of allegations ...

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Proposed advertising rules tweaked

The Virginia State Bar’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics again has tweaked its proposed revisions of the rules that govern lawyer advertising. The most substantive change is elimination of an earlier proposal to require lawyers to retain copies of their ...

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LEO barring Medicare indemnity is approved

A legal ethics opinion declaring it unethical for plaintiffs’ lawyers to indemnify insurance companies against unforeseen liens has been approved by the Virginia State Bar’s Standing Committee on Legal Ethics. LEO 1858 holds it improper for the insurance company lawyer ...

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VSB order recommends no reinstatement for Morrissey

The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board has issued its formal order recommending denial of Del. Joe Morrissey’s petition for reinstatement of his law license. The order restates at considerably greater length – 63 pages to be exact – the findings ...

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