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Raleigh attorney suspended

Attorney: James N. Jorgensen

Location: Raleigh

Bar membership: Member since 1996

Disciplinary action: Suspended from the practice of law for three years on Sept. 7. The suspension is stayed for its duration so long as Jorgensen complies with certain conditions.

Background: An out-of-state law firm referred multiple cases to Jorgensen to litigate on behalf of various insurance companies. Jorgensen failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing the clients in these cases, or to reasonably consult with the clients or keep them reasonably informed about their cases. Jorgensen also failed to promptly remit entrusted funds belonging to those clients, or promptly remit entrusted funds belonging to clients referred to him by a second out-of-state law firm. In at least three other cases, Jorgensen failed to reasonably consult with clients. In one of those cases, Jorgensen falsely communicated to a client that a hearing date had been rescheduled when in fact the case had been dismissed after Jorgensen failed to appear at the hearing. Jorgensen also failed to timely reply to multiple grievances filed against him and failed to perform required reconciliations of his trust accounts from 2010 to 2018.

Previous discipline: Jorgensen was admonished in February 2013 for client neglect and reprimanded in April 2015, also for client neglect and for failing to promptly disburse client funds.

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