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Eastern Shore lawyer surrenders law license

Attorney Roger K. Grillo of Onancock has agreed to revocation of his law license after five clients complained he took their money for bankruptcy work and never delivered any services.

The Virginia State Bar alleged Grillo closed his law practice last year without notifying the five bankruptcy clients or making arrangements for handling their cases. Each client had paid more than $1,300 for fees and costs of their bankruptcy petitions, the bar alleged.

Grillo never filed any of those bankruptcy petitions, the VSB said. In each case, he disbursed the payments from his trust account, “thereby converting and misappropriating those monies,” the bar said.

Grillo never refunded any of the client money, the VSB said.

Grillo allegedly told the VSB that he disbursed between $7,000 and $8,000 in unearned fees and failed to properly account for his trust finances for approximately 10 years before closing his law practice in 2014.

In an affidavit, Grillo acknowledged the truth of the material facts underlying the bar’s allegations and admitted he could not defend the disciplinary proceedings. His disbarment was effective Jan. 21.

Grillo was admitted to the bar in 1978, according to Martindale-Hubbell.

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