Table 1 New Case Filed 1994 - 1999 ..........5
Table 2 Discipline Orders Issued 1994 - 1999 ..........6
Table 3 ADB Expenses, Fiscal Year 1998 - 1999 ..........9
Appendix A: Annual Activity Report ..........10
Appendix B: List of Disciplined Attorneys,
by Type of Discipline ..........11
Appendix C: 1999 Hearing Panelist Roster ..........17
Appendix D: ADB Expenditures, October 1, 1998 - September 30, 1999 ..........22
WALLACE D. RILEY, Esq. of Detroit, Vice-Chairperson
Term Expires: September 30, 2002
MICHAEL R. KRAMER, Esq. of Bloomfield Hills, Secretary
Term Expires: September 30, 2001
C.H. DUDLEY, M.D., of Bloomfield Hills
Term Expires: September 30, 2000
NANCY A. WONCH, Esq. of Lansing
Term Expires: September 30, 2002
GRANT J. GRUEL, Esq. of Grand Rapids
Term Expires: September 30, 2000
DIETHER H. HAENICKE, of Kalamazoo
Term Expires: September 30, 2002
THEODORE J. ST. ANTOINE, Esq. of Ann Arbor
Term Expires: September 30, 2002
RONALD L. STEFFENS, of Shelby Township
Term Expires: September 30, 2002
MARK A. ARMITAGE
JENNIFER M. PETTY
LYNN L. SAATCHI
JENNIFER M. COURTS
The Attorney Discipline Board is the adjudicative arm of the Michigan Supreme Court for the discharge of the Court's exclusive constitutional responsibility to supervise and discipline
Michigan attorneys. The Board, along with its prosecutorial counterpart, the Attorney Grievance Commission, is part of the bifurcated system of discipline described in Chapter 9.100 of the Michigan Court Rules.
The Attorney Discipline Board consists of six lawyers and three public members (non-lawyers) appointed by the Supreme Court. A member may not serve more than two three-year terms. All members serve without compensation. The Board's chairperson and vice-chairperson are appointed to one year terms by the Supreme Court. The Board's secretary is elected by its members.
From October 1998 to September 30, 1999 the Board's composition was: Albert L. Holtz, Chairperson; Kenneth L. Lewis, Vice-Chairperson; Barbara B. Gattorn, Secretary; and members
Elizabeth N. Baker, C.H. Dudley, M.D., Grant J. Gruel, Michael R. Kramer, Roger E. Winkelman and Nancy A. Wonch.
In September 1999, the Supreme Court appointed four new members to the Board to serve three year terms commencing October 1, 1999. Appointed were lawyer members Wallace D. Riley
of Detroit and Theodore J. St. Antoine of Ann Arbor and lay members Dr. Diether H. Haenicke of Kalamazoo and Ronald L. Steffens of Shelby Township.
The courts, the public and the legal profession in Michigan are deeply indebted to Elizabeth N. Baker, Barbara B. Gattorn, Albert L. Holtz and Roger E. Winkelman for their dedicated service as members of the Board. Each of these individuals brought to the Board his or her unique blend of wisdom, patience, curiosity, humor, honor and common sense. Each completed their terms with the lasting respect and affection of the Board's members and staff.
Michigan Court Rule 9.110 authorizes the Attorney Discipline Board to appoint an attorney as its counsel. The Board's full-time staff consists of John F. Van Bolt, Executive Director and General Counsel; Mark A. Armitage, Associate Director; Jennifer M. Petty, Legal Assistant; Sherry Mifsud, Office Administrator; Lynn L. Saatchi, Legal Secretary; Kathy Leal-Paredes, Assignment Clerk and Jennifer M. Courts, Assignment Clerk. The Board's office and hearing room are at One K
ennedy Square, 719 Griswold Street, Suite 1910, Detroit, MI 48226.
The Board maintains a current roster of over 450 attorneys appointed annually to serve on three member hearing panels. The 1999 hearing panelist roster is attached as Appendix "C". The
Board has continued its efforts to appoint attorneys as panel members who represent a broad range of professional experience. With the cooperation of the Women Lawyers Association and the Wolverine Bar Association, and other special interest bar associations, the Board actively encourages the participation of women and minorities in Michigan's discipline system.
Upon the filing of a formal complaint, judgment of conviction or petition for reinstatement, the matter is assigned to a hearing panel. Proceedings before a panel are open to the public and are conducted under the Michigan Court Rules applicable to a civil trial in a circuit court and the Michigan Rules of Evidence. During 1999, the Board's hearing panels conducted 164 public hearings.
Complaints submitted by clients, judges or other lawyers regarding an attorney's conduct are investigated by the Grievance Administrator and his or her staff under the supervision of the
Attorney Grievance Commission, a separate agency. If formal disciplinary proceedings are authorized by the Commission, the charges of misconduct are set forth in a formal complaint filed by the Administrator. The charges in the complaint must be established by a preponderance of the evidence. If the charges of misconduct are not established, the panel must enter an order of dismissal. Upon a finding of misconduct, the panel must conduct a separate phase of the hearing to determine the appropriate discip
line. The levels of discipline provided in the court rules are reprimand, probation, license suspension and license revocation (disbarment). In a discipline
matter decided July 15, 1997, the Supreme Court held that under rare circumstances a finding of professional misconduct may result in an order of discipline which effectively imposes no discipline on the attorney. Grievance Administrator v Deutch, 455 Mich 149, 163 (1997). Final orders of discipline finding misconduct but imposing no discipline were entered in three cases in 1999.
Discipline orders must include an assessment of costs incurred by the Grievance Commission and Discipline Board, and may include an order of restitution to an aggrieved client.
Orders of reprimand or suspension may include additional conditions relevant to the established misconduct, including legal education, reformation of law office practices and personal counseling.
Unless appealed within 21 days, an order of discipline entered by a hearing panel constitutes a final order and may be enforced in civil contempt proceedings by the Grievance
The respondent, the Grievance Administrator or the complainant may petition the Attorney Discipline Board for a review of an order entered by a hearing panel. The Board's review in such cases is based upon the record presented to the hearing panel and the written and oral arguments presented by the parties on appeal. Following its review, the Board may enter an order affirming, reversing or modifying the panel's order. In addition, the Board regularly considers and dispo
of various motions seeking stays of discipline, extensions of time to pay costs, consolidation or severance of pending matters and the institution of show cause proceedings for alleged violations of discipline orders.
During 1999, the Board held eight regularly scheduled meetings and heard oral arguments in 23 review cases. Of the 21 appeals involving orders imposing discipline, the Board affirmed the hearing panel decision in 15 cases (71%); increased discipline in four cases (19%); and remanded two cases to the hearing panel for further proceedings (10%). The Board affirmed a hearing panel order of dismissal in one case.
There were no motions for disclosure filed with the Board pursuant to MCR 9.126(D)(7) or MCR 9.126(E)(5) during 1999.
There were 165 new formal complaints filed in 1999. Of these, 132 complaints (1) contained original charges of misconduct based upon an investigation conducted by the Attorney Grievance Commission. The remaining 33 formal complaints (2) were based solely upon the failure of the respondent/attorney to answer the initial formal complaint, a separate violation under MCR 9.104(7). Such complaints are
consolidated for hearing before the panel to which the original complaint has been assigned. The 132 GA formal complaints filed in 1999 represent a 6% decrease from the 140 such complaints filed in 1998.
Six new files were opened upon the filing of petitions for reinstatement in accordance with MCR 9.123(B). An additional 12 cases were commenced under MCR 9.120 with the filing of a judgment of conviction establishing that an attorney had been convicted of a crime. Two new matters were commenced with the filing of a petition seeking reciprocal discipline in accordance with MCR 9.104 as the result of a discipline order issued in another jurisdiction.
The 198 new files opened by the Board in 1999 represent an 18% decrease when compared with the 242 new cases in 1998. The following table (Table 1) illustrates the Board's annual intake of new cases during the past six years.
There were 147 final disposition orders issued in 1999, including orders of discipline, dismissal, transferring an attorney to inactive status and granting or denying reinstatement.
Because some of these orders involved two or more consolidated complaints, the 147 final disposition orders accounted for the closure of 176 docketed complaints, including supplemental complaints for failure to answer. Orders of discipline (reprimand, suspension, and revocation and orders finding misconduct but imposing no discipline) were issued in 121 cases. A complete list of the orders of discipline issued in 1999 appears in Appendix "B." Orders of discipline issued since 1994 are illustrated in Tabl
e 2, below.
A lawyer may receive more than one discipline order in a given year. In 1999, 137 lawyers accumulated 147 orders of discipline. Compared to the previous year, the number of lawyers subject to discipline increased from 131 to 137.
In 1994, the Supreme Court ruled the Board retains jurisdiction to consider misconduct during the period of licensure by attorneys whose licenses were later revoked. (3) Of the 16 lawyers whose licenses were revoked in 1999, three were the subject of two or more revocation orders
during the calendar year.
|Pending 12-31-99||Pending 12-31-98|
|Attorney Discipline Board:|
The Attorney Discipline Board has significantly expanded its website: www.adbmich.org.
The site includes recent notices of discipline, access to the discipline history of all attorneys disciplined in Michigan since October 1, 1978, a searchable data base including the full text of all opinions of the Attorney Discipline Board and all notices of discipline and reinstatement since October 1, 1978 and links to related sites in the fields of attorney discipline and ethics.
For further information regarding the operation of the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board, please contact:
|ABOOD, Jeffrey J.||August 27, 1997|
|ABOOD, Jeffrey J.||August 27, 1997|
|BANK, Kevin A.||June 24, 1999|
|CANNON, James, Jr.||February 5, 1999|
|CANNON, James, Jr.||September 23, 1999|
|CHRISTOPHER, L. Katharine||September 20, 1999|
|GOLDNER, Sheldon||June 23, 1997|
|KLINTWORTH, William F.||March 2, 1999|
|KOOPMAN, Thomas R.||August 28, 2003|
|LUCAS, James C.||March 3, 1999|
|PEROVICH, Paul C.||March 29, 1999|
|SCHMIDT, Robert M.||January 29, 1999|
|SHERWIN, Harry S.||November 4, 1999|
|SHERWIN, Harry S.||February 10, 1999|
|SHERWIN, Harry S.||November 20, 1999|
|SHULMAN, Gregory D.||December 4, 1998|
|SMITH, Arthur Allan||January 19, 1999|
|SMITH, Martin J.||March 11, 1999|
|STOVER, John E.||March 30, 1998|
|WALKER, Marguerite F., II||July 31, 1999|
|WINIEMKO, Ronald C.||November 24, 1998|
|SCHOBER, Henry W.||Four Years||August 31,1994|
|SOLOMON, Barry E.||Five Years||June 5, 1998|
|VANASSCHE, Paul A.||Five Years||November 22, 1999|
|WOELKERS, David A.||Three Years||February 18, 1999|
|AGREE, Clayton C.||One Year||March 3, 1999|
|BAUGH, Ronald M.||One Year||July 7, 1999|
|BIRETTA, Eric E.||Two Years||June 26, 1998|
|BRAHMS, Enid R.||180 Days||April 15, 1999|
|BRAHMS, Enid R.||One Year||April 15, 1999|
|BUSH, Neal||180 Days||January 3, 2000|
|CURTIN, Raymond F.||270 Days||April 20, 1999|
|DEAN, David M.||18 Months||February 16, 1999|
|EDMONDS, James L.||180 Days||September 24, 1999|
|FREY, William D.||18 Months||December 9, 1999|
|FUNK, Douglas A.||180 Days||March 30, 1999|
|HILL, J. Michael||180 Days||March 31, 1999|
|HOLT, Jonathan E.||18 Months||January 8, 1999|
|MONTGOMERY, Bradley S.||180 Days||January 20, 1999|
|MORRISON, Curtis W.||180 Days||May 6, 1999|
|PORTER, June A.||Six Months||April 17, 2001|
|RICCA, Thomas A.||180 Days||February 6, 1999|
|SHANER, Theodore A., Jr.||180 Days||April 9, 1999|
|STEVENS, Glenn R.||One Year||March 11, 1999|
|STRAIN, Dale M., Jr.||180 Days||October 21, 1999|
|THOMPSON, Gregory S.||Two Years||January 15, 1999|
|VANASSCHE, Paul A.||180 Days||August 6, 1999|
|WARTELLA, Rudolph A., III||180 Days||January 20, 1999|
|WATKINS, Lisa C.||180 Days||February 16, 1999|
|WILKINS, Gregory L.||180 Days||June 4, 1999|
|WILKINS, Gregory L.||180 Days||June 8, 2001|
|ADAMS, Stephen M.||30 Days||December 21, 1996|
|ALBRITTON, Brian D.||30 Days||October 6, 1999|
|ANDERSON, Robert E.||60 Days||March 16, 1999|
|BEERS, Lafayette M.||90 Days||May 1, 1999|
|BLACKMOND, Frederick J.||30 Days||October 15, 1999|
|BRUSSTAR, John W.||179 Days||October 13, 1998|
|CHRISTOPHER, L. Katharine||60 Days||December 10, 2001|
|CURTIS, Paul Daniel||40 Days||December 22, 1998|
|DETTLOFF, Gary R.||179 Days||March 19, 1997|
|DUNN, Dennis James||60 Days||January 21, 1999|
|HAMILTON, Mark S.||90 Days||May 20, 1999|
|HUNLEY, Gary D.||60 Days||May 15, 1999|
|KELLY, Mary K.||179 Days||September 3, 1997|
|KIERPIEC, Joseph P.||30 Days||November 20, 1999|
|KIRKLAND, Arthur C., Jr.||30 Days||June 30, 1999|
|MANZIE, Georgia D.||120 Days||October 14, 1998|
|MILLER, D. Richard||90 Days||July 9, 1999|
|NAVARRE, Philip B.||179 Days||July 7, 1999|
|NEW, Judith Topham||30 Days||April 7, 1999|
|PORTER, June A.||90 Days||July 21, 1999|
|ROMINGER, Charles S.||30 Days||December 3, 1999|
|SCHWARTZ, Michael E.||90 Days||October 21, 1999|
|SCOTT, Martin A.||60 Days||June 7, 1999|
|SHAW, James R.||120 Days||June 15, 1999|
|SLOAN, Craig W.||30 Days||March 10, 1999|
|SLOAN, Craig W.||90 Days||January 19, 1999|
|SNYDER, Dennis H.||60 Days||February 17, 1999|
|STONE, Horace E.||30 Days||January 21, 1999|
|TRENT, Muriel Deborah||30 Days||May 10, 1999|
|WETHERINGTON, C. Barry||30 Days||June 30, 1999|
|WILLIAMS, Terry M.||30 Days||September 16, 1999|
|YIANNATJI, John L.||179 Days||January 21, 1999|
|YUILLE, Bruce H.||60 Days||June 4, 1999|
|ZIEGLER, Thomas K.||179 Days [Less 77 Days]||December 21, 1999|
|BAKER, Jonathan S.||March 2, 1999|
|BARNETT, William S.||February 13, 1999|
|BARRETTA, Samuel Nicholas||October 14, 1998|
|BARTHWELL, Sidney, Jr.||March 3, 1999|
|BISHOP, Frederick C.||March 2, 1999|
|BLACK, David D.||July 16, 1999|
|BURKHART, Thomas D.||November 30, 1999|
|CURTIS, Paul D.||October 21, 1999|
|DEVINE, John J., Jr.||April 1, 1999|
|DUBAY-FAWLEY, Catherine (FAWLEY, Catherine L.)||February 5, 1999|
|EASTERLY, Robert W.||December 28, 1999|
|GRIFFIN, John C.||December 15, 1999|
|HAMEL, Douglas||May 1, 1998|
|HARLEY, Robert L., Jr.||January 20, 1999|
|HOWARD, Austin A.||February 25, 1999|
|HOWELL, Vicky O.||July 8, 1999|
|KASBEN, Beryl W. Hoffman||October 6, 1999|
|LEWIS, Allen J.||July 20, 1999|
|LOCKHART, Steve B.||December 11, 1999|
|McFADDEN, William R.||April 21, 1999|
|MURPHY, Keith T.||June 23, 1999|
|O'CONNELL, James D.||February 25, 1999|
|POPRAWA, Joseph W.||July 24, 1999|
|SIEGRIST, Howard S.||December 29, 1999|
|SMITH, Michael W.||December 23, 1999|
|STEINBERG, Michael W.||June 29, 1999|
|STROIA, Eugene J.||January 12, 1999|
|TEKLINSKI, Mark H.||May 4, 1999|
|TERRELL, Thomas||December 15, 1999|
|THORMAN, Susan L.||January 27, 1999|
|WOODS, Stephen K.||August 14, 1999|
|WOODSIDE, Sharon Clark||October 21,1999|
|ZEEMERING, Ina M.||November 26, 1999|
|CAREY, Robert J.||April 1, 1999|
|DEUTCH, Martin G.||July 9, 1999|
|KOPCZYNSKI, Debra A.||August 6, 1999|
|EMBREE, Kenneth||April 12, 1999|
|WOOD, George G.||May 8, 1999|
SUSPENSIONS - MCR 9.123(B) and (C).....4
SUSPENSIONS - MCR 9.123(B).....26
SUSPENSIONS - MCR 9.123(A).....34
TRANSFERS TO INACTIVE STATUS.....2
1999 HEARING PANEL ROSTER (4)
PESSINA, Cyril C.
WILSON, Eric S.
HICKOX, J. Michael
MARQUIS, John R.
MULDER, Andrew J.
DAAVETTILA, Robert T.
CHRISTIAN, Stewart A.
DRICK, Jay R.
ROSIN, David I.
O'CONNOR, Rex P.
McDONALD, Sr., David E.
HANSEN, Walter L.
BARTON, Bruce A.
BAUCKHAM, John H.
CONTOS, Jr., Harry
DELEHANTY, Mary E.
FENTON, Stuart L.
GETTING, Jeffrey S.
HAYTER, Karen M.
LENNON, George H.
LENNON, Robert R.
LEVINE, Sharan Lee
LILLY, Terrence J.
RUSSELL, Gregory W.
RYAN, William J.
BYERLEY, Thomas K.
CHARNEY, Elaine H.
DEVINE, Barry F.
DOSTER, Eric E.
DUNLAP, Peter L.
EMERY, Lawrence J.
FINK, Joseph A.
FRIEDMAN, Leo H.
HEOS, James T.
HOGAN, Patrick R.
HOOVER, C. Mark
HORNBACH, Oskar M.
JAMO, James S.
LATTERMAN, Mark A.
LOOSE, John J.
MALLORY, Susan L.
PRICE, Kathaleen Rae
STROPKAI, James L.
WADDELL, David D.
BARTOS, Suzanne P.
CUMMINGS, Owen J.
TUCK, Marsha Lynn
ANDREWS, Jr., Robert D.
NICHOLSON, Gary L.
KELEHER, Dennis L.
GIRARD, Dennis H.
KANGAS, Roger W.
KEEFE, Ronald D.
PENCE, Steven L.
STEVENS, Mark P.
DELEKTA, Diane Hubel
BURGESS, Janis M.
PETERS, Neill T.
HANDLON, Richard M.
HEINS, Sharon S.
MADDOX, Mark R.
MORRIS, Patricia T.
SCHNEIDER, Sidney B.
#SHELTON, Jr., Haskell H. WETMORE, Floyd E.
CALLUM, Alice W.
LORIDAS, Renee Vintzel
ANDERSON, Philip J.
FINAZZO, Lori J.
GLIME, Raymond G.
KAPLAN, Steven M.
McCULLOUGH, Max D.
PIERCE, Hon. Lynne A.
WYSS, William A.
THOMPSON, William R.
BALGOOYEN, Fredric F.
COCHRANE, Darryl R.
SNIDER, II, I. John
VAN LEUVEN, Robert J.
McNALLY, William F.
KOHL, David D.
BEHAN, Michael R.
BEHAN, Raymond R.
LOVIK, Mary M.
McLEOD, Ian C.
BUNTING, Robert L.
HATCH, H. Van Den Berg
DUBAY, Mark D.
SMITH, W. Richard
STROUP, Nathaniel W.
ESPER, David J.
LEVITTE, Carol Alexander
THOMAS, John E.
STERLING, J. Robert
BANKSON, S. Keith
HILL, Steven L.
KELLY, Charles G.
LANE, Cynthia A.
STAIGER, Jr., Frank O.
WHIPPLE, David C.
BARNARD, Jr. Robert J.
SMITH, Jr., C. Giles
MEIRING, Ronald C.
COLBERT, James P.
COX, Arthur R.
McLEAN, J. Gerald
STARK, Sheldon J.
CHAKLOS, Sr., Robert G.
COLLISON, Sr., Charles C.
MOSSNER, Eugene D.
SMITH, Jr., Lawrence Wm.
GARVEY, Paul T.
GARVEY, Robert F.
MERRY, Cynthia E.
SHATZMAN, Pearl P.
SIEGAN, Reneé S.
BUTZBAUGH, Alfred M.
CONYBEARE, Bruce C.
GLEISS, Henry W.
KELLER, S. Jack
SPELMAN, John H.
TAGLIA, Paul A.
OYLER, W. Tedd
VEUM, Thomas J.
WOMACK, Jr., P. Douglas
PRINCE, Clifford W.
ACKER, Gerald H.
AMOS, Roberta M.
ANTONE, N. Peter
APPEL, Jeffrey S.
AUGER, Cheryl J.
BRUKOFF, William M.
COLLINS, Morton B.
CUTLER, Donald M.
GOODMAN, Barry J.
GROFFSKY, Richard L.
HAROUTUNIAN, Edward L.
JACOBS, John P.
JOHNSON, Charlene A.
#KEMPTON, Bruce C.
KINSLEY, Stephen L.
KRATCHMAN, D. Michael
KUHN, Loraine R.
LASSER, Marshall D.
LEVINE, Richard J.
LINDEN, Howard T.
%LOEB, Thomas M.
MARTENS, William L.
SCHWARTZ, Steven L.
SHULMAN, Marc I.
SILBER, Albert J.
SILVER, Kenneth F.
&SULLIVAN, Brian R.
THURSWELL, Gerald E.
TRIEST, Brent S.
TURNER, Lee I.
VOS, III, John F.
WARSH, Richard L.
WARTELL, C. Robert
WAX, Harvey I.
WEINER, Cyril V.
WOLOCK, Steven M.
BOLANOWSKI, Eugene R.
CARDAMONE, Emil E.
COLMAN, Neil M.
GOLDSTEIN, Ronald A.
GOODMAN, Mark D.
KATZ, Lawrence S.
LASCOE, John S.
LEGGHIO, Brian M.
O'REILLY, Paul J.
SCHOENHERR, Sr., Craig S.
LOWENTHAL, Betty L.
RONAYNE, Colleen V.
RYAN, Thomas J.
COOPER, David J.
TUCKER, Theodore J.
BUDROS, Barbara D.
CHRISTOPHERSON, James A.
DENOYER, Lucy Knight
STARK, Harry S.
STOWE, David L.
ACKERMAN, Alan T.
BAIERS, James E.
BARKER, Lori A.
BASILE, Andrew R.
BOOKHOLDER, Ronald W.
EISENBERG, Marsha Katz
FELDSTEIN, Robert Z.
HEFFNER, Kathleen L.
HOHAUSER, Michael S.
HUDSON, Clarence L.
HUTSON, Michael W.
JACOBS, Mark S.
KEITH, Terrance A.
KELLY, Dale F.
KOCH, Walter O.
LANGE, Craig W.
LEWIS, Michael B.
MANTESE, Gerard V.
MILIA, Robert P.
MORROW, Raymond L.
NOVAK, Jr., Richard A.
SAWYER, Thomas G.
STEFANI, Michael L.
STERLING, Raymond J.
TALARICO, Paula M.
TARTT, Tyrone Chris
THOMAS, Jamie Ann
THOMAS, Joseph W.
GUERRIERO, Timothy M.
HEWSON, James F.
KISTNER, Leo M.
ROEHL, Charles A.
KUTHY, Douglas E.
LOWER, Lynn L.
SALTZMAN, Shirley A.
DODD, Gregory L.
EGGAN, Andrew M.
MURPHY, John J.
VINCENT, Michael J.
HOESCH, Kenneth W.
Statement of Attorney Discipline Board Expenditures (Budget and Actual)
Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 1999.
|Law Clerks and Professional Fees||-||5,000||5,000|
|Bookkeeping and Audit||4,000||4,000||-|
|Books and Subscriptions||2,168||3,500||1,332|
|Printing and Stationery||2,657||5,000||2,343|
|Repairs and Maintenance||11,544||10,000||(1,544)|