• In the Matter of D. Duston Tapley, Jr.

    Publication Date: 2020-05-29
    Practice Area: Legal Ethics and Attorney Discipline
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Per Curiam
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: James Stephen Lewis, Paula J. Frederick, Jenny K. Mittelman, William Dallas NeSmith, III, (State Bar of Georgia), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: D. Duston Tapley, Jr., (D. Dustin Tapley, Jr. Attorney at Law), Vidalia, for appellee. Herman Maddox Kilgore, (Kilgore & Rodriguez LLC), Marietta, Quentin LaMont Marlin, (Ellis Painter Ratterree & Adams LLP), Savannah, for other party.

    Case Number: S20Y0754

    Special Master Disregarded Relevant Evidence Regarding Accused Attorney's Mental Competence

  • In the Matter of Jared Michael Arrington

    Publication Date: 2020-05-27
    Practice Area: Legal Ethics and Attorney Discipline
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Per Curiam
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: James Stephen Lewis, Paula J. Frederick, Jenny K. Mittelman, William Dallas NeSmith, (State Bar of Georgia), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Jared Michael Arrington, (J. Michael Arrington, P.C.), Franklin, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20Y0312

    Court approves disbarment of attorney that failed to procure total insurance policy and to refund fees paid for that policy.

  • In the Matter of Muhammad Abdul-Warit Abdur-Rahim

    Publication Date: 2020-05-26
    Practice Area: Legal Ethics and Attorney Discipline
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Per Curiam
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: George O. Lawson, Jr., (Lawson & Thornton, P.C.), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Paula J. Frederick, Jenny K. Mittelman, William Dallas NeSmith, James Stephen Lewis, (State Bar of Georgia), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20Y0209

    Court accepts attorney's petition for voluntary discipline after attorney was disruptive and disrespectful at a criminal arraignment

  • In the Matter of Andrew David Taylor

    Publication Date: 2020-05-22
    Practice Area: Legal Ethics and Attorney Discipline
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Per Curiam
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Andreea N. Morrison, Paula J. Frederick, Jenny K. Mittelman, William Dallas NeSmith, (State Bar of Georgia), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Andrew David Taylor, (Law Offices of Andrew D. Taylor LLC), Las Vegas, for appellee. Herman Maddox Kilgore, (Kilgore & Rodriguez LLC), Marietta, Anthony B. Askew, (Chair, Review Panel), Atlanta, Bridget B. Bagley, Atlanta, for other party.

    Case Number: S20Y0815

    Disbarment Appropriate Sanction For Conduct Warranting Similar Discipline in Another State

  • In the Matter of Marta Maria Noriega-Allen

    Publication Date: 2020-05-21
    Practice Area: Legal Ethics and Attorney Discipline
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Per Curiam
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: James Stephen Lewis, Paula J. Frederick, Jenny K. Mittelman, William Dallas NeSmith, (State Bar of Georgia), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Marta Maria Noriega-Allen, Augusta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20Y0421

    Disbarment Warranted For Attorney Who Never Responded to Grievance Alleging Abandonment of Client and Failure to Return Unearned Fees

  • In the Matter of Barry Wayne Rorex

    Publication Date: 2020-05-21
    Practice Area: Legal Ethics and Attorney Discipline
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Per Curiam
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Adrienne Denise NASH, Paula J. Frederick, Jenny K. Mittelman, William Dallas NeSmith, (State Bar of Georgia), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Barry Wayne Rorex, Tucson, Barry Wayne Rorex, Sonita, for appellee. Herman Maddox Kilgore, (Kilgore & Rodriguez LLC), Marietta, Anthony B. Askew, (Chair, Review Panel), Atlanta, Bridget B. Bagley, Atlanta, for other party.

    Case Number: S20Y0814

    Six-Month Suspension of License Appropriate Sanction For Conduct Warranting Similar Discipline in Another State

  • In The Matter of Matthew A. Dickason

    Publication Date: 2020-05-14
    Practice Area: Legal Ethics and Attorney Discipline
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Per Curiam
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Matthew Justin Pearce, (Stovash, Case & Tingley P.A.), Orlando, for appellant.
    for defendant: Jenny K. Mittelman, Paula J. Frederick, William Dallas NeSmith, III, (State Bar of Georgia), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S19Y1450

    Voluntary Surrender of License Appropriate Sanction For Attorney Who Admitted to Numerous Failures to Account For Fiduciary Funds

  • In the Matter of Marc Celello

    Publication Date: 2020-05-01
    Practice Area: Legal Ethics and Attorney Discipline
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Per Curiam
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Nicholas A. Lotito, (Davis, Zipperman, Kirschenbaum & Lotito), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Jenny K. Mittelman, Paula J. Frederick, William Dallas NeSmith, (State Bar of Georgia), Atlanta, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20Y0679

    Voluntary Surrender of License Appropriate Sanction For Attorney Convicted of Securities Fraud Offense

  • In the Matter of Julianne Wesley Holliday.

    Publication Date: 2020-03-30
    Practice Area: Legal Ethics and Attorney Discipline
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Per Curiam
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Wolanda R. Shelton, Paula J. Frederick, Jenny K. Mittelman, William Dallas NeSmith, III, (State Bar of Georgia), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Julianne Wesley Holliday, (Chattahoochee Circuit Public Defenders Office), Columbus, for appellee.

    Case Number: S20Y0065

    Court agrees that disbarment is an appropriate sanction for three disciplinary proceedings brought against an attorney

  • In the Matter of Melvin T. Johnson.

    Publication Date: 2020-03-04
    Practice Area: Legal Ethics and Attorney Discipline
    Industry: Legal Services
    Court: Georgia Supreme Court
    Judge: Per Curiam
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Andreea N. Morrison, Paula J. Frederick, Jenny K. Mittelman, William Dallas NeSmith, (State Bar of Georgia), Atlanta, for appellant.
    for defendant: Melvin T. Johnson, (The Action Johnson Law Firm), Lithonia, for appellee. Herman Maddox Kilgore, (Kilgore & Rodriguez LLC), Marietta, LaVonda Rochelle DeWitt, Atlanta, for Other Party.

    Case Number: S20Y0257

    Court verifies disbarment of attorney found to have committed multiple instances of misconduct