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Frequent no-show lawyer gets 2-month suspension

A Blacksburg attorney whose court attendance lapses drew attention from judges across the New River and Roanoke valleys has had his law license suspended for two months.

Jonathan P. Fisher, 44, was charged with ethics violations for missing court dates and mishandling client money, The Roanoke Times reported. He garnered more than a dozen contempt of court citations over a six-month period, all later dismissed, the paper said.

But in a March 2019 incident, Fisher was fined by a judge after he swore at a prosecutor and threatened to sue a county commonwealth’s attorney’s office.

Fisher cited medical conditions, including brittle bone disease that dates to his childhood. Medication and counseling have helped, he told the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board Jan. 22. He also said he had adopted a new accounting method in his solo practice. He reported he has no staff and has scaled back his practice, the paper said.

The VSB suspension, effective Feb. 1, is combined with requirements that Fisher continue to work with the Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program and allow regular inspection of his books.

Fisher was represented by Paul Georgiadis of Richmond. The VSB was represented by Senior Assistant Bar Counsel Ed Dillion.

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