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Goldsboro attorney enjoined

Attorney: Charles R. Gurley

Location: Goldsboro

Bar membership: Member since 1991

Disciplinary action: Enjoined from engaging in the practice of law by the Wake County Superior Court on Nov. 22. The court appointed trustees to protect the interests of Gurley’s clients.

Background: The state bar received notice in November 2016 that a check was presented against insufficient funds in Gurley’s trust account. Gurley failed to respond to the bar’s letter of notice. Gurley also failed to respond to notices of other grievances sent to him by the bar. One of those grievances involves allegations that Gurley misappropriated a $50,000 personal injury settlement from one of his clients. Superior Court Judge William Pittman found Gurley in contempt of court and enjoined him from the practice of law. As Gurley has no partners or associates capable of protecting the interests of his clients, the court appointed trustees to do so. Gurley is enjoined from entering the premises of his law office unless accompanied by the trustees.

Previous discipline: None

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