Disciplinary Notices, 1118 ALBJ, 79 The Alabama Lawyer 430 (2018)

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Disciplinary Notices

Vol. 79 No. 6 Pg. 430

Alabama Bar Lawyer

November, 2018

▲Notices

▲Reinstatement

▲Transfer to Inactive Status

• Disbarments

• Suspensions

Notices

• Ben Elton Bruner, whose whereabouts are unknown, must answer the Alabama state bar’s formal disciplinary charges within 28 days of the date of this publication, or thereafter, the allegations contained therein shall be deemed admitted and appropriate discipline shall be imposed against him in ASB Nos. 2014-1336 and 2016-459 by the disciplinary board of the Alabama state bar.

• Benjamin Howard Cooper, whose whereabouts are unknown, must answer the Alabama state bar’s formal disciplinary charges within 28 days of the date of this publication, or thereafter, the allegations contained therein shall be deemed admitted and appropriate discipline shall be imposed against him in ASB Nos. 2015-1600, 2015-1626, 2015-1656, 2015-1671, 2015-1693, 2016-129, 2017-530 and 2017-1186 by the disciplinary board of the Alabama state bar.

Reinstatement

• muscle shoals attorney Lance Ryan Thomason was reinstated to the active practice of law in Alabama on June 8, 2018, per the supreme court of Alabama. Thomason petitioned to be transferred to inactive status and the petition was granted, effective august 15, 2014. on march 1, 2018, Thomason petitioned for reinstatement to the active practice of law in Alabama and was subsequently reinstated by order of the supreme court of Alabama, effective June 8, 2018.

Transfer to inactive status

• North Carolina attorney James I. Averitt was transferred to Inactive Status, Effective April 17, 2018, by order of the disciplinary board of the Alabama state bar.

Disbarments

• Albertville attorney Steven Vincent Smith was disbarred from the practice of law in Alabama, effective may 7, 2018, by order of the supreme court of Alabama. smith’s disbarment was based upon his guilty plea entered in the united states district court for the Northern division of Alabama to one count of receipt of child pornography and the corresponding sentence entered April 11, 2018 ordering smith to serve 210 months in the custody of the united states bureau of Prisons. [rule 22(a), Pet. No. 2018-538]

• Prattville Attorney George pollard Walthall, Jr. was disbarred from the practice of law in Alabama, effective June 14, 2018, by order of the supreme court of Alabama. Walthall’s consent to disbarment contained...

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