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Suspended Charlotte attorney censured (access required)

Attorney: Daniel S. Rufty Location: Charlotte Bar membership: Member since Disciplinary action: Censured on Aug. 25 Background: Rufty associated with Babbs Law Firm, an out-of-state law firm not authorized to practice law in North Carolina, and aided the firm in ...

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Arden attorney reprimanded (access required)

Attorney: Peter R. Henry Location: Arden Bar membership: Member since 1996 Disciplinary action: Reprimanded on Aug. 25 Background: Henry failed to properly respond to a discovery request on behalf of a client, leading to a summary judgment motion being granted ...

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Gastonia attorney reprimanded (access required)

Attorney: Larry G. Hoyle Location: Gastonia Bar membership: Member since 1990 Disciplinary action: Reprimanded on Aug. 25 Background: In April 2015, a client hired Hoyle to file a motion for contempt against his wife in a child custody case. In ...

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Charlotte attorney’s suspension stayed (access required)

Attorney: Wesley S. White Location: Charlotte Bar membership: Member since 2012 Disciplinary action: The remaining portion of White’s suspension was stayed on Oct 5. Background: White was suspended from the practice of law for two years on May 11, provided ...

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Lillington attorney censured (access required)

Attorney: Mark A. Key Location: Lillington Bar membership: Member since 1997 Disciplinary action: Censured on Aug. 25 Background: Beginning in 2017, Key represented an estate in a personal injury matter and the administration of the estate. Key failed to timely ...

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Wilmington attorney suspended for one year (access required)

Attorney: Lonnie P. Merritt Location: Wilmington Bar membership: Member since 2008 Disciplinary action: Suspended from the practice of law for one year on Sept. 21 Background: Merritt represented a client in a domestic matter. During the representation, Merritt began a ...

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Charlotte attorney disbarred (access required)

Attorney: Daniel C. Flint Location: Charlotte Bar membership: Member since 2016 Disciplinary action: Disbarred on Sept. 7 Background: On Oct. 19, 2018, Flint was found guilty by a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California ...

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Greensboro attorney censured (access required)

Attorney: Christie Bynum Smith Location: Greensboro Bar membership: Member since 2007 Disciplinary action: Censured on Aug. 26 Background: Smith represented a client in the purchase of a property. On the morning of the closing, a fraudster posing as the seller’s ...

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Former Jacksonville attorney reinstated (access required)

Attorney: Frank W. Erwin Location: Formerly of Jacksonville (now in Fort Myers, Florida) Bar membership: Member since 1977 Disciplinary action: Reinstated to the practice of law on Aug. 13 Background: Erwin was suspended from the practice of law for 18 ...

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