Attorney Discipline, 0820 GABJ, GSB Vol. 26, No. 1, Pg. 54

Author:BY JESSICA OGLESBY
Position:Vol. 26 1 Pg. 54
 
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Attorney Discipline

Vol. 26 No. 1 Pg. 54

Georgia Bar Journal

August, 2020

April 7, 2020 – July 15, 2020

Attorney Discipline Summaries

BY JESSICA OGLESBY

Disbarments

Timothy Paul Healy

211 N. Broad St.

Toccoa, GA 30577

On May 4, 2020, the Supreme Court of Georgia accepted the petition for voluntary surrender of license for attorney Timothy Paul Healy (State Bar No. 342175). Healy requested that the Court allow him to surrender his license pursuant to Bar Rule 4-104, in lieu of accepting discipline for numerous alleged violations of the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct. The State Bar consented to this request. Healy admitted that there was a factual basis to support a finding that he has committed numerous ethical violations in the grievances which are part of the sealed record. A health care provider also opined that Healy’s health condition would impair his ability to practice law and place the public at risk or in peril. As part of his request to the Court, Healy agreed that he would not seek reinstatement to the practice of law even if he recovers from his diagnosed conditions. He further agreed that if he reneges on his promise not to seek reinstatement, he could be prosecuted for the violations of the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct alleged in the grievances that were pending at the time of surrender, as well as be charged with a new violation of the Rules based on taking action toward reinstatement in violation of his promise.

Don Smart

P.O. Box 10206

Savannah, GA 31412

On June 29, 2020, the Supreme Court of Georgia accepted the petition for voluntary surrender of license for attorney Don Smart (State Bar No. 653525) following his entry of a guilty plea in Chatham County Superior Court to one count of theft by conversion. The State Bar filed a response asking the Court to accept the petition. The theft charge arose from his conduct in the administration of an estate in which he converted the funds from the sale of real property on the estate’s behalf to his own use. Smart admitted that he violated Rules 1.15 (I) (c), 1.15 (II) (b) and 8.4 (a) (2) of the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct. The maximum penalty for a violation of each of these Rules is disbarment.

Neil Richard Flit

1000 McLynn Ave.

Atlanta, GA 30306

On July 15, 2020, the Supreme Court of Georgia accepted the petition for voluntary surrender of license for attorney Neil Richard...

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