Trusting an important legal matter to a family name that has owned land in the area for over 150 years was apparently not such a good idea. One would think this lawyer never expected to actually have to work for a living after he finished law school. It is so sad for his clients who probably paid a pretty penny for that bow tie.
Myrtle Beach-area attorney suspended from practice
www.myrtlebeachonline.com | June 24, 2015 |
A Myrtle Beach-area attorney has been suspended from practicing law for three years as part of an agreement about misconduct since 2008 involving several lawsuits, probate court matters and post-conviction relief actions, according to a state Supreme Court opinion filed Wednesday.
Justices ordered James Marshall Biddle to be suspended for three years, pay the costs incurred in the investigation and prosecution of the matter within 30 days and complete an ethics program before he can file for reinstatement, according to the order.
If Biddle seeks to be reinstated as a lawyer, he must hire a law office management adviser approved by the Commission on Lawyer Conduct and complete filings with that adviser, according to the order. Biddle also must meet with the adviser once every three months for two years and a report must be filed after those meetings.
Biddle could not be immediately reached Wednesday for comment.
In the 11-page opinion, justices addressed eight separate issues involving Biddle and his practice that occurred in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
The issues included:
• Biddle failing to provide competent representation to his clients;
• keeping his clients informed of statuses and requests for information;
• providing rate fee and expenses to clients;
• expediting litigation consistent with the client’s interest;
• not making false statements or concealing material;
• and failing to respond for information from disciplinary authority.