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Candler attorney reprimanded (access required)

Attorney: James A. Zellinger Location: Candler Bar membership: Member since 1987 Disciplinary action: Reprimanded on Feb. 15 Background: In response to a dispute involving alleged damage to Zellinger’s home, Zellinger filed a claim against two individuals that also included a ...

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Raleigh attorney (Ahmadi) reprimanded (access required)

Attorney: David Ahmadi Location: Raleigh Bar membership: Member since 2019 Disciplinary action: Reprimanded on Feb. 15 Background: Ahmadi contacted a real estate agent to seek help in his wife’s search for a new home in anticipation of martial separation. After ...

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Raleigh attorney (McDavid) reprimanded (access required)

Attorney: Andre T. McDavid Location: Raleigh Bar membership: Member since 2012 Disciplinary action: Reprimanded on Feb. 15 Background: McDavid represented a client in a domestic case involving child custody and support. McDavid contacted his client’s ex-husband and arranged a meeting ...

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High Point attorney reprimanded (access required)

Attorney: Clarence V. Mattocks Location: High Point Bar membership: Member since 1974 Disciplinary action: Reprimanded on Feb. 15 Background: Mattocks was appointed the successor guardian of an estate by an emergency order in November 2012. Mattocks sent one letter to ...

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Pfafftown atttorney disbarred (access required)

Attorney: Hayley C. Sherman Location: Pfafftown Bar membership: Member since 2015 Disciplinary action: Disbarred on April 26 Background: In October 2018, Sherman pleaded guilty in Stokes County Superior Court to felony possession of marijuana with intent to manufacture, sell, or ...

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Hampstead attorney reprimanded (access required)

Attorney: Kathleen G. Sumner Location: Hampstead Bar membership: Member since 1990 Disciplinary action: Reprimanded on Feb. 15 Background: In a case before the state’s Industrial Commission, Sumner made false statements of material fact or law to the tribunal, failed to ...

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Hillsborough attorney reprimanded (access required)

Attorney: Peter J. Romary Location: Hillsborough Bar membership: Member since 1994 Disciplinary action: Reprimanded on Feb. 15 Background: In 2019 the interim chancellor of a public university in Greenville allegedly became intoxicated in a public setting. Romary began communicating with ...

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Asheboro attorney censured (access required)

Attorney: Richard L. Cox Location: Asheboro Bar membership: Member since 1981 Disciplinary action: Censured on Feb. 16 Background: Cox was the closing attorney for a home refinance in March 2020. In his title search, Cox found an outstanding deed of ...

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Hendersonville attorney censured (access required)

Attorney: Tamara M. Lee Location: Hendersonville Bar membership: Member since 2015 Disciplinary action: Censured on Feb. 15 Background:  Lee’s associate erroneously agreed to enter into consent orders in two child support cases in which Lee represented the respondents. Lee approached ...

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Durham attorney censured (access required)

Attorney: Rebecca A. Moriello Location: Durham Bar membership: Member since 2010 Disciplinary action: Censured on Feb. 15 Background: In July 2017 Moriello was permitted to observe an otherwise closed proceeding in immigration court in Charlotte. During the hearing, she refused ...

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