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Attorneys from “Upright Law” face discipline

Attorney: Rashad L. Blossom

Location: Charlotte

Bar membership: Member since 2013

Disciplinary action: Censured on May 14

Background: Blossom is one of at least nine North Carolina attorneys (see below) who are or were associated with “Upright Law” in Illinois. Upright maintains a website advertising that it can provide legal representation for consumers filing for bankruptcy nationwide, and that it has multiple lawyers in North Carolina who are identified as “partners” in the firm. Consumers who contact Upright discuss their matters with non-lawyers based in Illinois. Each of these attorneys was responsible for supervising these non-lawyers, but rarely, if ever, spoke to them or had any knowledge of the nature of their conversations with the attorneys’ clients. Moreover, entrusted funds paid by North Carolina clients were maintained by Upright, and the attorneys failed to supervise the handling of those entrusted funds.

Previous discipline: None

Attorney: Roger R. Compton

Location: Fayetteville

Bar membership: Member since 1979

Disciplinary action: Censured on May 14

Background: See above

Previous discipline: None

Attorney: Lisa L. Perrillo

Location: Raleigh

Bar membership: Member since 2006

Disciplinary action: Censured on May 14

Background: See above

Previous discipline: None

Attorney: Christopher D. Lane

Location: Clemmons

Bar membership: Member since 1993

Disciplinary action: Censured on May 14

Background: See above

Previous discipline: Lane was reprimanded in 2017 for aiding a California firm in the unauthorized practice of law, censured in 2015 for providing services to North Carolina clients on behalf of a Florida law firm not then authorized to practice law in North Carolina, and reprimanded in 2014 for assisting a different out-of-state firm in the unauthorized practice of law.

Attorney: Joshua N. Levy

Location: Raleigh

Bar membership: Member since 2001

Disciplinary action: Censured on May 14

Background: See above

Previous discipline: None

Attorney: Ruth M. Allen

Location: Raleigh

Bar membership: Member since 2006

Disciplinary action: Censured on May 14

Background: See above

Previous discipline: None

Attorney: Florence A. Bowens

Location: Durham

Bar membership: Member since 1993

Disciplinary action: Censured on May 14

Background: See above

Previous discipline: None

Attorney: Robert A. Lefkowitz

Location: Winston-Salem

Bar membership: Member since 1994

Disciplinary action: Censured on May 14

Background: See above

Previous discipline: None

Attorney: Lloyd C. Brison Jr.

Location: Fayetteville

Bar membership: Member since 1978

Disciplinary action: Censured on May 14

Background: See above

Previous discipline: None

Attorney: Jeffrey J. Philogene

Location: Oak Park, Illinois

Bar membership: Member since 2014

Disciplinary action: Reprimanded on May 14

Background: Philogene is associated with “Upright Law” in Illinois (See above). Consumers who contact Upright discuss their matters with non-lawyers based in Illinois. If the customers sign up, they generally speak with Philogene, who will provide them with legal advice. Philogene provides this advice to clients in various states, despite being licensed to practice law only in North Carolina.

Previous discipline: None

All information contained in the Bar Discipline Roundup is compiled and edited by reporter David Donovan. He can be reached at david.donovan@nclawyersweekly.com

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