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From the Fall 2020 Journal

NOTE: More than 29,000 people are eligible to practice law in North Carolina. Some share the same or similar names. All discipline reports may be checked on the State Bar’s website at ncbar.gov/dhcorders.

DISBARMENTS

Peter S. Coleman of Raleigh surrendered his license and was disbarred by the Wake County Superior Court. Coleman admitted that he misappropriated entrusted funds in an amount in excess of $60,000. Coleman also pled guilty in Wake County District Court to one count each of felony common law forgery and felony notary violation.

John Vincent Ivsan of White Deer, Pennsylvania, surrendered his license and was disbarred by the State Bar Council. Ivsan pled guilty in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to one count of conspiracy to defraud a United States agency, the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371, and one count of tax evasion in violation of 26 U.S.C § 7201.

Daniel Matthias Kincheloe of Richmond, Virginia, surrendered his license and was disbarred by the State Bar Council. Kincheloe pled guilty in the US District Court for the Western District of Virginia to one count of transmission of interstate communications with intent to extort in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 875(d).

Kristin Harmon Lang of Charlotte surrendered her license and was disbarred by the Wake County Superior Court. Lang admitted that she misappropriated entrusted funds totaling $10,860.

Suspensions & Stayed Suspensions

Steven J. Allen of Hendersonville had a sexual relationship with and cohabitated with a client while her child custody case was ongoing, thereby making himself a necessary witness in the case and causing prejudice to the administration of justice. He was suspended by the DHC for one year.

James Pressley Mattox of Statesville did not conduct required monthly and quarterly reconciliations and reviews of his trust accounts, disbursed more funds from his trust account to clients than he held in the trust account for those clients, did not always promptly disburse entrusted funds, did not supervise an assistant to whom he delegated trust accounting tasks, and back-dated reports in preparation for a random audit by the State Bar. Mattox was suspended for two years. The suspension is stayed for two years upon his compliance with numerous conditions.

John C. Snyder of Matthews neglected and did not communicate with his client, made false statements to his client and to opposing counsel, did not return his client’s file, filed frivolous motions and pleadings in a civil case, made a false representation to a tribunal, knowingly made a misrepresentation or omission to the Grievance Committee, and did not respond to the Grievance Committee. The DHC suspended him for three years. After serving two years of the suspension, Snyder may apply for a stay of the balance upon proving his compliance with numerous conditions.

Interim Suspensions

The chair of the DHC entered an order of interim suspension of the law license of Charlotte lawyer Nikita V. Mackey.

Censures

Eva F. Lee of Raleigh was censured by the Grievance Committee. She sent an email to an attorney serving as guardian of an estate, to outside entities, and to the media containing baseless allegations of malfeasance by the guardian and containing other assertions that were false or without legal and/or factual basis. The New Hanover Superior Court convicted Lee of indirect contempt of court after it determined that Lee’s conduct was designed to deter the guardian from complying with a court order to sell the ward’s property.

Charlotte lawyer Bradley Pearce was censured by the Grievance Committee. A bankruptcy court determined that Pearce filed a motion to disqualify opposing counsel which was not legally and factually warranted and was filed for an improper purpose.

Reprimands

Isabel Guzman-Uresty of Durham was reprimanded by the Grievance Committee. Guzman-Uretsky was employed by Alexander Lapinski. After Lapinski was disbarred, Guzman-Uretsky employed him as her office manager. She permitted Lapinski to provide substantive legal assistance to her clients. She also employed Lapinski’s wife as a legal assistant and provided excessive compensation to both, violating the prohibition against sharing legal fees with nonlawyers.

Transfers to Disability Inactive Status

Gregory A. Buscemi of Wrightsville Beach was transferred to disability inactive status by the chair of the Grievance Committee.

Notice of Intent to Seek Reinstatement

In the Matter of Michael King

Notice is hereby given that Michael King of Salisbury intends to file a petition for reinstatement before the Disciplinary Hearing Commission of the North Carolina State Bar. King surrendered his license and was disbarred by the Disciplinary Hearing Commission of the North Carolina State Bar by Order dated October 3, 2005. King’s disbarment was the result of being found to have engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, misrepresentation, or deceit.

Individuals who wish to note their concurrence with or opposition to this petition for reinstatement should file written notice with the secretary of the North Carolina State Bar, PO Box 25908, Raleigh, NC, 27611, before November 1, 2020 (60 days after publication). 

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