The West Virginia Supreme Court majority agreed that a veteran attorney’s diagnosed mental impairments mitigate against harsher sanctions for his alleged 53 ethics violations, but the state high court rejected a hearing panel’s recommendation that no active suspension be imposed.

Gregory H. Schillace, a solo practitioner specializing in insurance, auto accident, and employment law, allegedly committed 53 ethics violations over the course of several years. Schillace would agree to represent a client, but repeatedly abandoned them by failing to communicate with case updates, not showing up to hearings, missing deadlines, among other things, a hearing panel subcommittee (HPS) of the Lawyer Disciplinary Board concluded.