Attorney: Kelly R. Routh
County: Mecklenburg County
Bar membership: Since 2011
Disciplinary action: 5-year suspension
The defendant was found guilty of failing to properly maintain and disburse entrusted funds in violation of Rule l.15-2(a) and (n). The defendant was an associate attorney at a law firm where she was required to deliver all client funds to the billing administrator at her firm. At the time of mediation, the defendant owed her firm several thousand dollars in fees and expenses.
By knowingly and willingly using the cash payments she received from her clients for her own benefit or for the benefit of someone else, the defendant failed to properly maintain and disburse entrusted funds in violation of Rule 1. l 5-2(k) and committed a criminal act, embezzlement, that reflects adversely on her honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects in violation of Rule 8.4(b), and engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation in violation of Rule 8.4(c).
Based on the foregoing Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, Findings of Fact Regarding Discipline, and Conclusions of Law Regarding Discipline, the Hearing Panel for the North Carolina State Bar has issued the defendant a 5-year suspension.