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Greenville attorney censured

Attorney: Richard L. Cannon III

Location: Greenville

Bar membership: Member since 1983

Disciplinary action: Censured on May 14

Background: Cannon is 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. Cannon is responsible for supervising these non-lawyers, but rarely, if ever, spoke to them or had any knowledge of the nature of their conversations with his clients. Moreover, entrusted funds paid by North Carolina clients were maintained by Upright, and Cannon is failing to supervise the handling of those entrusted funds.

Previous discipline: None

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