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Raleigh attorney reprimanded (access required)

Attorney: R. Steve Monks Location: Raleigh Bar membership: Member since 2003 Disciplinary action: Reprimanded on Aug. 31 Background: In two matters involving his representation of clients in immigration matters, Monks violated rules of professional conduct related to diligence and/or adequate ...

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Benson attorney reprimanded (access required)

Attorney: James R. Levinson Location: Benson Bar membership: Member since 1974 Disciplinary action: Reprimanded on Aug. 28 Background: While representing clients in a bankruptcy case, Levinson failed to maintain the original signed version of all electronically-filed documents, failed to disclose ...

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Louisburg attorney reprimanded (access required)

Attorney: Paris S. Branch-Ramadan Location: Louisburg Bar membership: Member since 2011 Disciplinary action: Reprimanded on Aug. 31 Background: A client Branch-Ramadan had represented in a criminal matter filed a motion for appropriate relief alleging that he had received ineffective assistance ...

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Winston-Salem attorney censured (access required)

Attorney: Herman L. Stephens Location: Winston-Salem Bar membership: Member since 1970 Disciplinary action: Censured on Aug. 31 Background: A client hired Stephens in 2015 to represent her in a products liability case. Stephens filed a complaint against the company in ...

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Wilmington attorney censured (access required)

Attorney: Frederick J. Owens Location: Wilmington Bar membership: Member since 1998 Disciplinary action: Censured on May 11 Background: Owens was suspended from the practice of law in September 2018 and required to wind down his practice. Owens failed to notify ...

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Henderson Co. DA given stayed suspension (access required)

Attorney: Gregory A. Newman Location: Hendersonville Bar membership: Member since 2000 Disciplinary action: Suspended from the practice of law for three years on Jan. 4. The suspension is stayed for three years so long as Newman complies with certain conditions. ...

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Chapel Hill attorney disbarred (access required)

Attorney: Judith L. Birchfield Location: Chapel Hill Bar membership: Member since 1993 Disciplinary action: Disbarred on Jan. 4 Background: Birchfield surrendered her law license voluntarily, acknowledging that there was a pending complaint against her in the Disciplinary Hearing Commission alleging ...

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