Attorney: Robert F. Garner
Bar membership: Member since 1978
Disciplinary action: Disbarred on Feb. 22
Background: Garner misappropriated at least $9,470 of fiduciary funds by allowing the North Carolina Department of Revenue to garnish hid trust account at a time when he had no funds to which he was entitled in the account. In addition, Garner failed to properly reconcile his trust account, label disbursements with the client for whom the disbursements were made, or keep accurate client ledgers. Garner surrendered his law license voluntarily, acknowledging that the material facts upon which the investigation into his conduct is predicated are true and that if charges were brought related to the misconduct, he could not successfully defend against them.
Previous discipline: None