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Elizabeth City attorney reprimanded

Attorney: Joseph H. Forbes Jr.

Location: Elizabeth City

Bar membership: Member since 1984

Disciplinary action: Reprimanded on Aug. 22

Background: Beginning in 2010 through 2016, Forbes represented a client in a personal injury matter and failed to file a lawsuit on behalf of the client before the statute of limitations expired. Forbes had previously missed the statute of limitations in another matter, and this previous history elevated the more recent conduct “beyond mere negligence to that sufficient to warrant discipline.”

Previous discipline: Forbes was suspended from the practice of law for three years on Sept. 17 for failure to comply with rules regarding the maintenance of his trust account. After six months, Forbes may apply for a stay of the remaining portion of the suspension.

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