Record of Decisions 7/1/15 to Present

View decisions prior to 7/1/15.

PRB Decision No.Case NameLink to Hearing Panel DecisionDecision DateStatusVermont Reports CiteLink to Supreme Court Entry Order
210Jacob DurellN/A12/12/2017TRANSFER TO DISABILITY/INACTIVEn/a
209Scott R. WilliamsN/A12/5/2017TRANSFER TO DISABILITY/INACTIVEN/A
208Amy L. KlinglerN/A9/7/2017INTERIM SUSPENSIONN/A
207Joseph P. PalmisanoN/A10/02/2017TWO-YEAR SUSPENSION2017 VT 94
206Aaron GoldbergN/A5/23/2017TRANSFER TO DISABILITY/INACTIVE 206.prb2017-127 SCT EO Transferring Aaron Goldberg to Disability_Inactive Status.pdf
Digest Summary: TRANSFER TO DISABILITY/INACTIVE STATUS. On May 23, 2017, the Supreme Court issued an Order transferring the Respondent's law license to disability/inactive status.
205John R. Canney IIIN/A5/30/2017Interim Suspensionn/a
Digest Summary: INTERIM SUSPENSION. On May 30, 2017, the Vermont Supreme Court issued an entry order immediately suspending John Canney's license to practice law on an interim basis.
204Pope, KatherinePOPE prb2017-008 - Hearing Panel Decision 204.pdf1/9/2017 and 6/14/2017Reinstated2017 VT 55POPE - SCT Reinstatement Entry Order 6-14-17.pdf
Digest Summary: REINSTATEMENT.  On June 14, 2017, the Vermont Supreme Court reinstated Katherine Pope’s license to practice law in Vermont.
203Anonymous Attorney1/5/2017
1/25/17
Admonition by Hearing Panel; Affirmed by Supreme Court2017 VT 8
Digest Summary: ADMONITION BY HEARING PANEL; AFFIRMED BY SUPREME COURT.  Respondent failedto perform timely trust account reconcillations and failed to maintain accurate trust account records.
202Susan L. MoraleN/A1/5/2017
5/26/17
Interim Suspension  Transfer to Disability/Inactiven/a

 

Digest Summary: TRANSFERRED TO DISABILITY/INACTIVE.  On December 29, 2016, the Vermont Supreme Court issued an entry order immediately suspending Susan L. Morale’s license to practice law on an interim basis.  On May 26, 2017, the Respondent was transferred to Disability/Inactive Status, effective immediately, per entry order of the Supreme Court.
201Alan R. SheredyN/A4/25/2017Interim Suspension 201.prb2017-116 SCT EO Sheredy Interim Suspension.pdf
Digest Summary: INTERIM SUSPENSION. On April 25, 2017, the Supreme Court issued an Order for the immediate interim suspension of the Respondent's law license.
200James LaMonda12/19/2016Public Reprimand with Restitutionn/a/n/a
Digest Summary: PUBLIC REPRIMAND WITH RESTITUTION. Respondent failed to notify his former firm that he had collected fees subject to an interest asserted by the firm, and failed to segregate and hold those disputes fees in a trust account until the firm's claim was resolved.
199Clare Creek KelseyN/A8/25/2016Transferred to Disability/Inactiven/a
Digest Summary: TRANSFER TO DISABILITY/INACTIVE. On August 25, 2016, the Respondent was transferred to Disability/Inactive Status, effective immediately, per stipulation of the parties.
198Anonymous Attorney7/28/2016
8/24/2016
Admonition by Disciplinary Counsel2016 VT 94
Digest Summary: ADMONITION BY HEARING PANEL; ADOPTED BY SUPREME COURT.  Respondent failed to maintain proper control and oversight of his client trust accounts, enabiling an employee to misappropriate client funds.
197Elizabeth K. NorsworthyN/A7/1/2016
8/1/2017
 
Interim Suspension
Transfer to Disability/Inactive
n/a2016-182 - SUPREME COURT EO.pdf
2016-182 Norsworthy_Elizabeth - EO 16-214 Transferring to Disability Inactive.pdf
Digest Summary: TRANSFER TO DISABILITY/INACTIVE STATUS. On July 1, 2016, the Vermont Supreme Court issued an entry order immediately suspending Elizabeth K. Norsworthy’s license to practice law on an interim basis. On August 1, 2017, the Respondent was transferred to Disability/Inactive Status, effective immediately, per stipulation of the parties and entry order of the Supreme Court.
196Phyliss McCoy-Jacien196.prb2016-023McCoy-Jacien.pdf7/18/2016Final  
Digest Summary: PUBLIC REPRIMAND WITH SIX MONTHS PROBATION: Respondent failed to file her Vermont income tax returns for calendar years 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
195Anonymous Attorney195.prb2016.096.pdf3/29/2016Final  
Digest Summary: ADMONITION BY DISCIPLINARY COUNSEL. Respondent failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in a probate matter.
194Blais, Norman R.PRB 2015-084 - Decision No. 194.pdf3/22/2016Finaln/a 
Digest Summary: PUBLIC REPRIMAND AND TWO YEARS PROBATION. Respondent failed to respond to formal discovery requests in an uninsured motorist case by failing to respond to Opposing Counsel’s motion to compel discovery, and by failing to comply with the Court’s discovery order. No review by Supreme Court.
193Appel, Kenneth M.N/A1/12/2016Transferred to Disability/Inactiven/aSupreme Court EO 16-007 Transferring To Disability Inactive.pdf
Digest Summary: TRANSFER TO DISABILITY/INACTIVE STATUS. Respondent transferred to Disability/Inactive Status per E.O. 2016-007 of the Supreme Court dated October 19, 2016.
192O'Brien, William M.N/A1/12/2016Interim Suspensionn/a2016-052 Entry Order William M. OBrien Interim Suspension.pdf
Digest Summary: INTERIM SUSPENSION. On January 12, 2016, the Vermont Supreme Court issued an entry order immediately suspending William M. O’Brien’s license to practice law on an interim basis. The Court concluded that disciplinary counsel had transmitted to the Court evidence sufficient to establish that Mr. O’Brien had committed a violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct and presently poses a substantial threat of serious harm to the public. Pursuant to Rule 18 of Administrative Order 9, Mr. O’Brien’s license will remain suspended pending the final disposition of disciplinary counsel’s investigation into the conduct upon which the interim suspension is predicated.
191In re Anonymous Attorney191.prb2016.045 SCT ENTRY ORDER 15-362.pdf Final Supreme Court Entry Order 2015-362
Digest Summary: RECIPROCAL DISCIPLINE. A Vermont attorney who is also admitted in Arizona was disciplined in Arizona. The Vermont Supreme Court imposed reciprocal discipline here in Vermont.
190Anonymous190.prb2015-022.pdf8/11/2015Finaln/a 
Digest Summary: ADMONITION BY DISCIPLINARY COUNSEL. Respondent communicated with a person known to be represented by counsel without the other lawyers consent in violation of Rule 4.2 of the Vermont Rules of Professional Conduct.
189Anonymous Attorney189.prb2015-002.pdf7/14/2015Final2015 VT 101EO 15-258
Digest Summary: Respondent self-reported a failure to reduce a contingent fee agreement to writing. A hearing panel approved an Admonition by Disciplinary Counsel. The Court ordered review of the decision on its own motion, adopted the hearing panel decision in its entirety as a final order of the Court, waived briefing and oral argument and ordered that the decision be published in Vermont Reports
188Obregon, ChristenaIn re Christena Obregon, Esq.PRB.pdf Final2016 VT 32Supreme Court Entry Order dated March 11, 2016
Digest Summary: PUBLIC REPRIMAND. Respondent failed to file state income tax returns in 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010. A hearing panel of the PRB accepted a joint recommendation from the parties that it publicly reprimand the Respondent for failing to file tax returns. The Supreme Court ordered review and requested the parties to address whether it should find additional violations from Respondent’s filing of attorney licensing statements in which she certified that she was in good standing with respect to taxes owed to the State. With respect to the failure to file tax returns, the Court affirmed the public reprimand. With respect to the licensing statements, the Court concluded that Respondent’s certifications of being in good standing did not violate the Rules of Professional Conduct. In re Obregon, 2016 VT 32.
188Obregon, Christena188.prb2012-133Obregon.pdf7/7/2015Final  
Digest Summary: Respondent knowingly and intentionally failed to file state income tax returns in 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010. Respondent and Disciplinary Counsel joined to recommend a public reprimand for a violation of Rule 8.4(c). A hearing panel accepted the recommendation and publicly reprimanded the Respondent. COURT ORDERED REVIEW ON THEIR OWN MOTION. See Supreme Court Entry Order 2016 VT 32
187Sullivan, ChristopherN/A Final2015 VT 141Sullivan Disbarment EO, Affidavit of Resignation, Statement of Additional Facts, and Interim Suspension EO.pdf
Digest Summary: On June 12, 2015, the Vermont Supreme Court ordered the immediate interim suspension of Mr. Sullivan’s law license. Respondent and Disciplinary Counsel had stipulated to Respondent’s interim suspension based upon his conviction of two felonies which constitute “serious crimes” under A.O. 17. On November 24, 2015, the Supreme Court accepted Mr. Sullivan’s Affidavit of Resignation and disbarred him.
187Sullivan, Christopher187.prb2013-221 Sullivan Disbarment ENTRY ORDER 15-217.pdf Final2015 VT 141Supreme Court Disbarment E.O.
Digest Summary: DISBARMENT. On June 12, 2015, the Vermont Supreme Court ordered the immediate interim suspension of Mr. Sullivan’s law license. Respondent and Disciplinary Counsel had stipulated to Respondent’s interim suspension based upon his conviction of two felonies which constitute “serious crimes” under A.O. 17. On November 24, 2015, the Supreme Court accepted Mr. Sullivan’s Affidavit of Resignation and disbarred him.
187Sullivan, ChristopherRule19.Affidavit.resignation.final.pdf Finaln/a 
Digest Summary: Christopher Sullivans Affidavit of Resignation
187Sullivan, ChristopherRule19.Statement.Additional.Facts.final.pdf Finaln/a 
Digest Summary: Christopher Sullivan - Statement of Additional Facts
187Christopher Sullivan187.prb2013-221InterimSuspension.pdf Interim Suspension Sullivan Interim Suspension
Digest Summary: Interim Suspension Order
169Michael Nawrath 8/30/2017DISBARMENTn/a

 

Digest Summary: DISBARMENT. On August 30, 2017, a Hearing Panel recommended disbarment.  No appeal was taken and the Supreme Court did not order review on their own motion. The decision became final and has the full force and effect of an order of the Supreme Court.

 

Record of Decisions Prior To 7/1/15

Decision Number and Name / Docket Number / Decision Date

186 Anonymous Attorney Entry Order / 2013.160 / March 30, 2015

185 Anonymous Attorney 2013.144 / March 12, 2015

184 Anonymous Attorney 2014.147 / February 20, 2015

183 Anonymous Attorney 2014.115 / January 27, 2015

182 Anonymous Attorney 2014.063 / January 23, 2015 

180 Anonymous Attorney Entry Order / 2014.168 / January 9, 2015

181 Anonymous Attorney / 2014.169 / December 30, 2014

180 Anonymous Attorney Entry Order / 2014.168 / January 9, 2015

180 Anonymous Attorney / 2014.168 / December 26, 2014

179 Anonymous Attorney Entry Order / 2014.133 / April 9, 2015

178 Anonymous Attorney / 2013.150 / September 16, 2014

177 Anonymous Attorney / 2014.038 / September 10, 2014

176 John Burke / 2013.280 / September 2, 2014

175 Anonymous Attorney / 20014.141 / August 27, 2014

174 Katherine Pope / 2014.048 /August 1, 2014

173 Anonymous Attorney / 2014.124 / August 4, 2014

172 Anonymous Attorney / 2014.193 / June 16, 2014

171 Anonymous Attorney / 2014.112 / April 29, 2014

170 Anonymous Attorney / 2013.228 / April 22, 2014

169 W. Michael Nawrath / 2014.030, 2014.099, 2014.154, 2014.158, 2014.167 / March 14, 2014

168 Anonymous Attorney Entry Order / 2012.155 / April 3, 2015

167 Anonymous Attorney Entry Order / 2013.153 / April 17, 2014

166 John Davis Buckley / 2014.007 / November 22, 2013

165 Janet Andrea / 2013.200 / November 12, 2013

164 PRB File #2013-089 / 2013.089 / October 18, 2013

163 PRB File #2013-049 / 2013.049 / October 17, 2013

162 Aaron Smith / 2012.183 / June 17, 2014

161 Rosemary Macero / 2013.284 / July 31, 2013

160 Anonymous Attorney / 2013.194 / June 27, 2013

159 Anonymous Attorney / 2013.156 / June 24, 2013

158 Anonymous Attorney / 2013.024 / April 1, 2013

157 George Harwood / 2013.032 / March 25, 2013

156 Timothy A. O'Meara Entry Order / 2013.063 / March 6, 2013

155 William MaGill Entry Order / 2012.449 / April 28, 2014

155 William MaGill Entry Order / 2012.230 /l December 13, 2012

155 William MaGill Entry Order / 2012.449 / April 28, 2014

155 William MaGill Entry Order / 2012.230 / December 13, 2012

154 William E. Simendinger / 2013.047 / October 23, 2012

153 Anonymous Attorney / 2012.129 / August 20, 2012

152 Richard A. Scholes / 2011-006, 2011-053, 2011-225 / June 18, 2012

151 David W. Pelenz / 2012.189 / May 7, 2012

150 Anonymous Attorney / 2012.092 / September 20, 2012

149 Anonymous Attorney / 2011.145, 2011.177 / January 18, 2012

148 William MaGill / 2011.157 / January 17, 2012

147 Anonymous Attorney / 2011.104 / January 6, 2012

146 Xavier a.k.a. Susan Rockwell / 2011.097 / November 29, 2011

145 Elizabeth Hibbitts / 2010.227 / November 3, 2011

144 Anonymous Attorney / 2011.046 / October 14, 2011

143 Janet Van Derpoel-Andrea / 2010.132 / June 7, 2011

142 Rosemary Macero / 2011.213 / June 20, 2011

141 William McCarty Decision / 2005.084 / June 9, 2011, May 8, 2012, June 28, 2013

141 William McCarty Entry Order / 2005.084 / June 9, 2011, May 8, 2012, June 28, 2013 

140 Anonymous Attorney / 2011.038 / June 6, 2011

139 Melvin B. Neisner, Jr. / 2011-138 / March 30, 2011

138 Anonymous Attorney / 2010.006 / April 14, 2011

137 Anonymous Attorney / 2010.162 / January 31, 2011

136 Jesdeep Pannu / 2011.029 / February 8, 2011

135 Mark Tapper Entry Order / 2010.259, 2011.014, 2011.032, 2011.057, 2011.077, 2011.078, 2011.087, 2011.129 / April 28, 2011

134 Anonymous Attorney / 2009.213 / December 3, 2010

133 Michael Herman / 2011.027 / November 2, 2010

132 Michael Nawrath / 2009.166 / June 23, 2010

131 Anonymous Attorney / 2010.143 / May 17, 2010

130 Melvin D. Fink Entry Order / 2008.132 / April 27, 2010

129 Anonymous Attorney / 2010.048, 200.147 / April 23, 2010

128 Margaret Stouse Decision / 2008.207 / February 4, 2010

128 Margaret Stouse Entry Order / 2008.207 / July 15, 2011

127 John Hansen / 2009.198 / August 9, 2010

126 John Darcy Toscano / 2009.114 / November 4, 2009

125 Anonymous Attorney / 2009.148 / September 24, 2009

124 John Buckley / 2009.052, 2009.143 / September 30, 2009

123 Anonymous Attorney / 2009.147 / September 17, 2009

122 Eileen Hongisto Decision / 2009.107 / June 17, 2009

122 Eileen Hongisto Entry Order / 2009.107 / June 3, 2010

121 Alan Sheredy / 2008.139 / June 4, 2009

120 Anonymous Attorney / 2008.104 / February 26, 2009

119 Melvin Neisner Entry Order / 2008.080 / October 9, 2009

111 Eileen Hongisto Decision / 2007.082, 2007.096, 2008.001, 2009.107 / May 8, 2009

111 Eileen Hongisto Entry Order / 2007.082, 2007.096, 2008.001, 2009.107 / June 3, 2010

118 Anonymous Attorney / 2008.026 / December 3, 2008

117 Martha Davis / 2008.065 / October 31, 2008

116 Anonymous Attorney / 2007.003 / October 21, 2008

115 Anonymous Attorney / 2007.244 / August 21, 2008

114 Anonymous Attorney / 2007.215 / August 18, 2008

113 Anonymous Attorney / 2008.129 / August 18, 2008

112 Philip van Aelstyn / 2004.026 / July 28, 2008

110 Anonymous Attorney / 2007.047 / May 23, 2008

110 Anonymous Attorney Entry Order / 2007.046, 2007.047 / May 23, 2008

109 Anonymous Attorney / 2007.046 / May 23, 2008

108 Fredrick S. Lane, III / 2008.120, 2008.153 / April 17,2008

107 Anonymous Attorney / 2007.242 / February 26, 2008

106 Edward Seager / 2008.066 / November 5, 2007

105 Anonymous Attorney / 2007.137 / February 4, 2008

104 Anonymous Attorney / 2007.202 / January 18, 2008

103 Lorin Duckman / 2005.087 / June 26, 2007

102 Matthew Coburn / 2006.200, 2006.251, 2006.267 / June 18, 2007

101 Robert Farrar / 2006.189 / May 30, 2007

100 Mary Grady / 2006.253, 2007.140, 2007.143, 2007.144, 2007.176 / November 30, 2007

99 Christopher Reis / 2004.495, 2006.080, 2006.153, 2006.154 / October 22, 2007

98 Bradney Griffin / 2007.071 / April 11, 2007

97 Anonymous Attorney / 2006-.72 / December 26, 2006

96 Mary Grady / 2006.253 / December 14, 2006

95 Anonymous Attorney / 2005.123 / October 6, 2006

94 Anonymous Attorney / 2006.015 / September 29, 2006

93 Anonymous Attorney / 2006.241 / August 9, 2006

92 Anonymous Attorney / 2006.167 / July 13, 2006

91 Anonymous Attorney / 2006.127 / June 26, 2006

90 Anonymous Attorney / 2005.191 / March 17, 2006

89 Andrew Lichtenbert / 2006.141 / February 28, 2006

88 John Ruggiero / 2005.058, 2005.130 / March 10, 2006

87 Thomas Daly / 2006.001 / March 10, 2006

86 Anonymous Attorney / 2005.250 / December 28, 2005

85 Anonymous Attorney / 2005.188 / December 28, 2005

84 Brian Dempsey / 2005.200, 2005.201 / December 20, 2005

83 George Harwood / 2005.184 / December 6, 2005

82 Robert Farrar / 2005.203 / November 28, 2005

81 Anonymous Attorney / 2005.202 / November 22, 2005

80 Anonymous Attorney / 2004.132 / August 18, 2005

79 Howard Sinnott / 2002.240 / August 12, 2005

78 Anonymous Attorney / 2004.208 / September 30, 2005

77 Michael McGinn / 2005.069, 2005.080, 2005.094 / June 16, 2005

76 Vaughan Griffin / 2004.122 / Mary 12, 2005

75 Robert Andres / 2004.204 / March 28, 2005

74 Anonymous Attorney / 2005.177 / March 28, 2005

73 James P. Carroll / 2004.059 / January 7, 2005

72 Anonymous Attorney / 2004.007 / December 23, 2004

71 Mark L. Stephen / 2004.053 / September 8, 2004

70 Anonymous Attorney / 2002.194 / July 27, 2004

69 Anonymous Attorney / 2004.206 / July 26, 2004

68 Anonymous Attorney / 2004.062 / July 23, 2004

67 Arthur Heald / 2004.104 / June 15, 2004

66 Arthur Heald / 2003.041 / May 14, 2004

65 Mark Furlan / 2003.048, 2003.051 / May 5, 2004

64 George E. Rice / 2001.168 / May 3, 2004, Amended September 13, 2004

63 Kenneth Levine / 2002.246 / March 23, 2004, Amended September 13, 2004

62 Anonymous Attorney / 2004.082 / January 28, 2004

61 Anonymous Attorney / 2004.066 / January 26, 2004

60 Anonymous Attorney / 2003.202 / October 29, 2003

59 Anonymous Attorney / 2003.271 / October 24, 2003

58 Norman Blais / 2004.010 / October 1, 2003

57 Anonymous Attorney / 2002.219 / July 7, 2003

56 Anonymous Attorney / 2003.183 / June 9, 2003

55 Anonymous Attorney / 2002.093 / June 4, 2003, Amended November 19, 2003

54 Arthur Heald / 2003.141, 2003.142 / May 5, 2003

53 Lance Harrington / 2002.144 / April 14, 2003

52 Robert Andres / 2002.043, 2003.031 / April 7, 2003

51 Charles Capriola / 1999.035, 1999.036 / April 7, 2003

50 Anne Whitten / 2000.040 / March 13, 2003

49 Thomas Daly / 2002.042 / May 21, 2003

48 Norman Blais / 2002.108 / December 20, 2002

47 Anonymous Attorney / 2002.03 / December 12, 2002

46 Anonymous Attorney / 2001.165 / November 20, 2002

45 Anonymous Attorney / 199.065, 2000.122 / October 29, 2002

44 Robert DiPalma / 2002.031 / October 29, 2002

43 Howard Sinnott / 2001.190 / October 22, 2002, April 7, 2003

42 Frederick Lane / 2002.205 / October 9, 2002

41 Robert Andres / 2002.110 / September 18, 2002

40 Anonymous Attorney / 2002.201 / September 17, 2002

39 Raymond Massucco / 1998.050 / August 14, 2002

38 Anonymous Attorney / 2000.214 / July 30, 2002

37 Anonymous Attorney / 2000.161 / June 14, 2002

36 Anonymous Attorney / 2001.117 / June 14, 2002

35 Thomas Bailey / 2002.118 / May 17, 2002

34 Andrew Goldberg / 2000.081 / May 14, 2002

33 Thomas Daley / 2001.189 / May 13, 2002

32 Anonymous Attorney / 2001.184 / March 25, 2002

31 Norma Blais / 1998.033, 1999.043 / February 14, 2002

30 Anonymous Attorney / 2000.167 / January 15, 2002

29 Anonymous Attorney / 2001.200 / December 12, 2001

28 David Sunshine / 2001.001, 2001.075 / December 5, 2001

27 Anonymous Attorney / 1998.020 / October 15, 2001

26 William Frattini / 2001.078 / August 31, 2001

25 Kjaere Andrews / 2001.014 / October 1, 2001

24 Anonymous Attorney / 2001.176 / September 12, 2001

23 Anonymous Attorney / 2001.022 / August 22, 2001

22 Sigismund Wysolmerski / 2001.171 / August 15, 2001

21 Anonymous Attorney / 2000.217 / July 23, 2001

20 Anonymous Attorney / 2000.091 / July 13, 2001

19 Arthur Heald / 2000.197, 2001.171 / June 5, 2001

18 Anonymous Attorney / 1997.011 / May 31, 2001

17 Joseph Wool / 2000.164, 2000.171, 2000.196, 2000.209 / May 24, 2001

16 Anonymous Attorney / 1995.019 / January 24, 2001

15 Anonymous Attorney 2000.019 / October 24, 2000

14 Craig Wenk / 1996.050 / October 16, 2000

13 Joseph Wool / 1999.180, 1999.189, 2000.050, 2000.061, 2000.077, 2000.082, 2000.087 / December 4, 2000

12 Anonymous Attorney / 1997.028 / July 25, 2000

11 Anonymous Attorney / 1998.021 / July 21, 2000

10 Sheldon Keitel / 1999.121 / July 5, 2000

9 Anonymous Attorney / 2000.015 / June 8, 2000

8 Anonymous Attorney / 1999.172 / June 1, 2000

7 Kathryn Kent / 1999.039, 1999.052, 1999.053, 1999.094 / May 31, 2000

6 David Singiser / 1999.020, 1999.038, 1999.051, 1999.054, 1999.090, 1999.104 / May 31, 2000

5 Anonymous Attorney / 1997.049 / April 21, 2000

4 Anonymous Attorney / 1999.009 / April 20, 2000

3 Anonymous Attorney / 1998.028 / April 13, 2000

2 Anonymous Attorney / 1999.149 / February 28, 2000

1 Andrew Litchenberg / 2000.038 / December 3, 1999