Attorney Discipline, 0617 GABJ, GSB Vol. 22, No. 7, Pg. 52

 
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Attorney Discipline

Vol. 22 No. 7 Pg. 52

Georgia Bar Journal

June, 2017

Attorney Discipline Summaries

(Feb. 23, 2017 through May 12, 2017)

BYJESSICA OGLESBY

DISBARMENTS

Ted H. Reed

1601 Shammock Trail

Smyrna, GA 30080

Admitted to Bar in 1976

On Feb. 27, 2017, the Supreme Court of Georgia disbarred attorney Ted H. Reed (State Bar No. 597837). Reed was retained in 2006 to assist a client with his divorce. The client experienced considerable difficulty in communicating with Reed and Reed failed to ensure the correction of the final order in the divorce proceedings, which failed to protect the client's pension. The client eventually hired new counsel and incurred more expenses to have the matter resolved in his favor.

In aggravation of discipline, the Review Panel noted Reed's prior discipline, (previous voluntary surrender of license, Review Panel reprimand and formal letters of admonition in 2006 and 2013), his refusal to acknowledge the wrongful nature of his conduct and his substantial experience in the practice of law.

Keith Brian Harkleroad

Harkleroad Law Firm

906 N. Alabama St.

Broxton, GA 31519

Admitted to Bar in 1999

On March 20, 2017, the Supreme Court of Georgia disbarred attorney Keith Brian Harkleroad (State Bar No. 326382). The following facts are deemed admitted by default. In May 2015 Harkleroad was suspended for failure to com-ply with CLE requirements. In September he further ceased to be a member in good standing for failure to pay his Bar dues. Nevertheless, Harkleroad continued to represent a client charged with murder. The day after the trial began, the prosecution learned that Harkleroad was not a member in good standing and advised the court. Harkleroad said that he had recently sent a check to pay his dues and that he acquired six hours of CLE. The court allowed Harkleroad to check on his membership status. He then told the court that the Bar advised him that he needed eight hours of CLE. The court declared a mistrial and filed a grievance. At that time, Harkleroad needed 18 hours of CLE and no check for dues was ever received. The court found that Harkleroad acted with a dishonest motive and that he had substantial experience in the practice of law.

Morris P. Fair Jr.

The Law Office of Morris P. Fair, Jr., PC

4262 Clausell Court, Suite C

Decatur, GA 30035

Admitted to the Bar in 2000

On Feb. 27, 2017, the Supreme Court of Georgia disbarred attorney Morris P. Fair Jr. (State Bar No. 581019). In Docket 6829, the following facts are deemed admitted by default: that a client retained Fair in 2008 regarding claims in a construction dispute; that Fair failed to terminate representation of the client when he was on interim suspension from June 3 to July 18, 2008, and when he was suspended from July 24, 2010, to Jan. 7, 2013, nunc pro tunc to Oct. 3, 2011; that he failed to file timely responses to discovery requests, failed to respond to a motion to compel discovery, failed to provide discovery responses despite the trial court's order granting the opposing parties' motion to compel and failed to respond to the opposing parties' motion to dismiss; that the court granted the opposing parties' motion for sanctions on Oct. 2, 2012, striking the client's complaint and prohibiting him from defending the opposing parties' counterclaim regarding breach of contract; that he failed to return the client's files; that the court awarded S28,195 in attorney fees to the opposing parties; and that he failed to communicate with the client or inform him about the case.

In Docket 6830, the following facts are deemed admitted by default: that a client paid Fair SI,500 to represent him in a criminal case; that Fair did not act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing the client; that Fair failed to keep the client informed about the status of the case and failed to promptly respond to the client's requests to communicate; that Fair ceased representation of the client without informing the client that he had ceased the representation or that he intended to withdraw and without filing a motion to withdraw from the case; that Fair did not provide the client file to the client in a timely manner; that the assistant...

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