William Gary Nellis of Collin County, State Bar No. 90001643, has been publicly reprimanded for the following violations of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct:

• Rule 1.03(a): A lawyer shall keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information;

• Rule 5.05(a): A lawyer shall not practice law in a jurisdiction where doing so violates the regulation of the legal profession in that jurisdiction; and

• Rule 8.04(a)(3): A lawyer shall not engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.

The June 11 agreed judgment orders Nellis to pay $2,000 in attorney fees and direct expenses to the State Bar of Texas.

(Evidentiary Panel 1-2, D0041142901)

William V. Wade of Harris County, State Bar No. 20642300, has been placed on probation for two years for the following violations of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct:

• Rule 1.03(a): A lawyer shall keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information;

• Rule 1.15(d): Upon termination of representation, a lawyer shall take steps to the extent reasonably practicable to protect a client’s interests, such as giving reasonable notice to the client, allowing time for employment of other counsel, surrendering papers and property to which the client is entitled and refunding any advance payments of fee that has not been earned. The lawyer may retain papers relating to the client to the extent permitted by other law only if such retention will not prejudice the client in the subject matter of the representation; and

• Rule 8.04(a)(8): A lawyer shall not fail to timely furnish to the Chief Disciplinary Counsel’s office or a district grievance committee a response or other information as required by the Texas Rules of Disciplinary Procedure, unless he or she in good faith timely asserts a privilege or other legal ground for failure to do so.

The June 18 agreed judgment orders Wade to pay $250 in attorney fees and direct expenses to the State Bar of Texas and $978 in restitution. The judgment also orders Wade to complete the Law Practice Management course and to make contact with the Chief Disciplinary Counsel’s office’s compliance monitor and special programs coordinator.

(Evidentiary Panel 4A, H0011030205, H0061031035, H0100929822)

Charles D. Septowski, State Bar No. 18032325, has been placed on probation for six months for the following violations of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct:

• Rule 8.04(a)(1): A lawyer shall not violate these rules, knowingly assist or induce another to do so, or do so through the acts of another, whether or not such violation occurred in the course of a client-lawyer relationship; and

• Rule 8.04(a)(11): A lawyer shall not engage in the practice of law when the lawyer is on inactive status or when the lawyer’s right to practice has been suspended or terminated, including but not limited to situations where a lawyer’s right to practice has been administratively suspended for failure to timely pay required fees or assessments or for failure to comply with Article XII of the State Bar Rules relating to mandatory continuing legal education.

The June 13 agreed judgment orders Septowski to pay $596.23 in attorney fees and direct expenses to the State Bar of Texas.

(Evidentiary Panel 8-5, A0071113934)

Richard A. Wagner of Comal County, State Bar No. 20661050, has been suspended for three months and placed on probation for three years for the following violations of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct:

• Rule 3.01: A lawyer shall not bring or defend a proceeding, or assert or controvert an issue therein, unless the lawyer reasonably believes that there is a basis for doing so that is not frivolous;

• Rule 3.02: In the course of litigation, a lawyer shall not take a position that unreasonably increases the costs or other burdens of the case or that unreasonably delays resolution of the matter;

• Rule 3.04(d): A lawyer shall not knowingly disobey, or advise the client to disobey, an obligation under the standing rules of or a ruling by a tribunal except for an open refusal based either on an assertion that no valid obligation exists or on the client’s willingness to accept any sanctions arising from such disobedience;

• Rule 8.04(a)(3): A lawyer shall not engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation; and

• Rule 8.04(a)(8): A lawyer shall not fail to timely furnish to the Chief Disciplinary Counsel’s office or a district grievance committee a response or other information as required by the Texas Rules of Disciplinary Procedure, unless he or she in good faith timely asserts a privilege or other legal ground for failure to do so.

The June 5 agreed judgment orders Wagner to pay $7,800 in attorney fees and direct expenses and to make contact with the Chief Disciplinary Counsel’s office’s compliance monitor and special programs coordinator.

(433rd District Court, Comal County, C-2011-0183D)

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