Thursday, March 18, 2010

More sanctions from the Mississippi Bar

Here are some more sanctions issued by the Mississippi Bar against wayward lawyers from the July-August-September 2008 issue of the Mississippi Lawyer. If the Bar won't post sanctions online or create an online database of sanctioned lawyers for consumers, I will. By the way, I noticed the current issue of the ML is not online. Hmmmm......I wonder why. Well what do you know, there are no sanctions listed in that issue. Guess they were all good little boys and girls back then. So these are from the May-June 2008 issue. Pay attention to the public and private reprimands. See a problem? Enjoy.

Balducci & Langston: Disbarment. Do I really need to say why?

John Edward Jackson, Jr. of McComb: Disbarment. Convicted of felony sale of weed within the jailhouse. Real smart. I'm all for legalizing weed but trying to be the dope dealer for the jailhouse? Good job.

Virginia F. Holliday of Greenwood: twelve-month suspension. Retained in two cases. Failed to complete work or communicate with clients. Didn't return documents and client property when they asked for it. Did not answer bar complaints. Never once defended herself in any of the proceedings.

Erika D. Suttlar of Southaven: six month suspension. Didn't communicate with her clients. Failed to list all creditors in a bankruptcy case, including herself. Attempted to collect fees from BK client even though federal law says she can't try to collect debts after BK is discharged. Failing to list herself as a creditor misled the Bankruptcy Court. Never answered any of the bar complaints.

John J. Morse of Meridian: twelve-month suspension. Failed to appear for client at trial. Turns out the no trial had been set for the time and date given to client although the client showed up for the alleged trial. Morse had filed to tell client he was already under suspension. Blew off the bar and didn't respond to the bar complaints.

John Louis Dolan of Southaven: twelve-month suspension and one year probation. Was suspended by Tennessee Bar. No other details given.

Thomas Dale Beavers, II of Hattiesburg: six-month suspension. Count I: Paid by client, didn't do much work, did not file case, quit communicating with client. Count II: Paid by company to initiate cases for collections of moneys owed. Lawyer took money but didn't file cases until nearly a year later, after client had terminated his employment. Did not return all files to client. Blew off the Bar and didn't respond to bar complaint. Count III: Failed to obtain a default judgement. Once again blew off the Bar and didn't respond to bar complaint. Only six months? Sumbitch should've gotten two years.

Walter Wood of Madison. This one is a complete joke. See earlier post. This prick should've been disbarred or at least suspended for five years. Damn pimp.

Becky Allen Farrell of Bay St. Louis: public reprimand. Client paid shyster for a divorce. Filed petition for divorce but disappeared. No one has been able to locate the lawyer. Lawyer failed to respond to bar complaint. Should have received a six-month suspension just for not responding.

Raymond Wong of Cleveland: public reprimand. Was ordered by the Bar to reimburse it for costs on an investigation. Paid out of his lawyer trust account.

Richard R. Vaughn of Elkhart, Indiana: public reprimand. Client hired shyster for a divorce. Paid him. Fired him later and requested refund. Lawyer did not refund money, did not file any documents with the court, refused to return any original papers belonging to the client. Blew off the bar and never responded to any of the bar complaints. So for keeping two grand, blowing off client and bar, this thief only got a public reprimand. The Bar is a friggin joke.

Richard Burdine of Columbus, MS: public reprimand. Client accused him of failing to perfect an appeal. Burdine blew off the bar and didn't respond to the bar complaint. Should've gotten six-month suspension just for that reason alone.

Joan Jenkins Potter of Memphis: public reprimand. Didn't safekeep client's funds in her trust account, which were stolen. I'm not so sure about this one as she did file criminal charges against the thief.

The Attorney with no name: parts unknown: private reprimand. Client paid him $3,000 for a divorce. Client fired lawyer several months later, demanded files, accounting of work performed, and the return of unearned fees. Attorney did none of those. Private slap on the wrist. Nice.

The Attorney With No Name: Parts Unknown: private reprimand. Client paid shyster $3,300 for a domestic relations matter. Case was dismissed for failure to prosecute and shyster did not return phone calls. Attorney admitted to the allegations. Private slap on the wrist.


Anonymous said...

there is a much easier way to check on these. go to, click on supreme court; opinions come out every tues and thurs, hot off the press. wont show the little stuff, but will the big.

Anonymous said...

I know that for a fact, they never show any type of decisions or complaints online or pdf forms, what pisses Me off, how can a Guardian Ad Litem would recommend a Child being in the hands of a Child Abuser?! In the Rankin County Chancery Court the Chancery Court Judge agreed with it, top that if a client was sick in the bed with the flu and under the doctors orders to stay in bed and the client's lawyer never told the court that his/her client is in bed sick and go about the case in court without her or him there, then take him or her Child away from them and with the defendant living in another County, is in the Smith Counties Jurisdiction if the Rankin County did not show Smith County any Papers to remove a child from there mother, then all of the sudden only Rankin County deputies assisted with the removal of the child, makes it a kidnapping without the Mother being served with the Emergency Change of Custody, Smith County told this Mother if they knew about the situation then the Smith County Chancery Court Judge would have made the case in his jurisdiction. Yeah the Mississippi Bar is so corrupt when they decided to dismiss the claim that the Mother made a complaint against 3 Lawyers and has evidence with the Child Abuse Pictures in Courtesy of the Department of Human Services and the proof of it. Then the Lawyers try to cover up for there asses. Its called Court Appointed Child Absuse CACA, google it up CACA and read statement from other People that has this happened to them.

Kingfish said...

I know the MSSC has some but its a judgement call. My position is the Bar should post all violations on their website therefor these posts are not just about making the public aware of attorneys who get in trouble but holding the Bar accountable for not meeting their responsibity as the watchdog of the legal profession.

Anonymous said...

I had My Child taken away from Me for no reason, My Child was on the honor roll from from age 6 through age 9, on the accelerated reader program from age 6 through 9, scored the highest out of 2nd through 6th grade with the mct test, was in the gifted program, has a high IQ too and apparently I was doing great for My son and I never said good bye to My child.

Adam Kilgore from the Mississippi Bar should be indicted for the things he does too among other Attorneys too.

Anonymous said...


This is My story and another persons story.

This is Laouida Majors from FB

Anonymous said...

So what was the final outcome about Walter Wood? Was it the six month suspension noted in the earlier post?

Anonymous said...

What is it about attorney's? They won't communicate with their clients & don't respond to bar complaint's. Exactly who do they believe they are working for? Fully expect to see my previous attorney, R. Price out of Hattiesburg, on this list very soon. 3rd times a charm, or so I hear.

Anonymous said...

Price seems to stay in lots of....controversy.

Anonymous said...

Wow. Justice Court Judge allegedly offered to reduce a fine in exchange for sexual favors. (AP story on Lincoln County Justice Court Judge)

Anonymous said...

@11:23, isn't working any longer. The latest edition of "The Mississippi Lawyer" magazine, though, is online here:

and prints the most recent disciplinary actions and in detail. It is difficult to read, though, as it is a scan of the magazine's pages themselves and -- at least in my browser -- it's a clunky way of viewing and reading anything.

Flip over to the online magazine's table of contents and look under "Departments" for "Final Disciplinary Actions." The current issue, Fall 2017, they start on page 39.

Happy readings, everybody.

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