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Cocaine addiction, forgery, false notarizations, and lying to a client and a fellow partner — the alleged ethical violations by former Holland & Knight partner Theodore Silva Jr. are piling up. The D.C. Bar Counsel is seeking Silva’s disbarment over his admitted misconduct while representing a client in a real estate deal, which led to his firing in 2006 after 12 years with the firm. Silva failed to complete an easement relocation agreement in 2005 and lied to the client and another partner about the status of the agreement, according to a Bar Counsel report last month. Holland partner Stephen Bogorad declined to comment on the matter. Silva has argued for a suspension of six months or less for “this single example of stupid conduct in an otherwise impressive and productive 18-year career,” according to the response brief from Virginia solo practitioner Timothy Battle. Bar Counsel disputes Silva’s arguments that his misconduct resulted from cocaine and alcohol addictions, depression, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Last month, Silva received a public reprimand from the Virginia State Bar disciplinary board for his 2002 guilty plea to a felony cocaine possession charge. In December, Silva entered an inpatient drug treatment program, where he may stay for up to six months, Battle says.

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