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Mary Cornaby Jarvis

Mary Cornaby Jarvis
License Number: 11639
License Type: Lawyer
Eligible To Practice: No
License Status: Disbarred
WSBA Admit Date: 5/12/1981
Contact Information
Public/Mailing Address: 16000 Bothell Everett Hwy Ste 330
Mill Creek, WA 98012-1577
Phone: (425) 775-1523
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Action Effective Date
Disbarment 01/07/1993

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Discipline Notice – Mary Jarvis
License Number: 11639
Member Name: Mary Jarvis
Discipline Detail
Action: Disbarment
Effective Date: 1/7/1993
RPC:
Discipline Notice:
Description: Ms. Cornaby Jarvis was disbarred from the practice of law, effective January 7, 1993.

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William Wheeler

William Wheeler

License Number: 11557
License Type: Lawyer
Eligible To Practice: No
License Status: Disbarred
WSBA Admit Date: 5/11/1981
Contact Information
Public/Mailing Address: 4907 159th Pl SE
Bellevue, WA 98006-3260
Phone: (425) 643-3035
Fax: (425) 643-1082
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Disbarment 06/30/2001

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Discipline Notice – William Wheeler
License Number: 11557
Member Name: William Wheeler
Discipline Detail
Action: Disbarment
Effective Date: 6/30/2001
RPC: 8.4 (a) – Violate the RPCs
8.4 (c) – Dishonesty, Fraud, Deceit or Misrepresentation
8.4 (i) – Moral Turpitude
8.4 (k) – Violate Oath of Attorney
8.4 (n) – Conduct Demonstrating Unfitness to Practice Law
Discipline Notice:
Description: William Wheeler (WSBA No. 11557, admitted 1981), of Bellevue, has been disbarred by order of the Supreme Court approving a stipulation, effective June 30. The discipline is based on his acts of fraud, dishonesty and misrepresentation while attempting to arrange a world-class boxing match in 1991 and 1992.

In 1991, Mr. Wheeler and a business partner operated a boxing promotion company named Wheeler and Associates (W&A). In February, W&A agreed to assist a Chinese corporation (CX) in planning a world-class boxing event in China, agreeing to act as agent for CX. Later in 1991, a disagreement regarding W&A’s compensation developed. When CX asked for the names of W&A’s directors, Mr. Wheeler provided a false response, naming two individuals who were not directors of W&A.

In December 1991, CX and W&A signed a supplemental agreement providing that CX would advance $700,000 for Mr. Wheeler to sign boxer George Foreman. Mr. Wheeler did not sign Mr. Foreman, but used the money for personal and business expenses. When Mr. Wheeler suggested that the main event involve two other fighters, CX agreed, and the parties signed another agreement in March 1992. This agreement was signed in both Chinese and English. The Chinese version was four pages and did not contain any fee provisions for W&A. The English version contained five pages, the last of which included an $850,000 fee for W&A. Mr. Wheeler caused CX’s president, who could not read English, to sign this last page without knowledge of the fee.

In March 1992, Mr. Wheeler delivered two signed boxing services agreements to CX. These agreements purported to be signed by the agents of the two main-event fighters. In fact, Mr. Wheeler’s business partner had forged the signatures at Mr. Wheeler’s direction. Mr. Wheeler falsely told CX that he had advanced $1.8 million dollars of W&A’s money to secure the two main-event fighters. On April 21, CX wired $1 million to Mr. Wheeler’s personal account.

On May 1, 1992, Mr. Wheeler told CX, falsely, that the two main-event boxers’ contracts were cancelled to avoid a $5.6 million-dollar charge, because W&A and CX had not rescheduled the boxing match. Mr. Wheeler also falsely told CX that the $2.4 million already advanced to the two fighters was forfeited as a result of the cancellation of the boxing match. On May 11, knowing that he would not be able to sign the two main-event fighters, Mr. Wheeler allowed CX to announce the fight in a press conference in China.

During May, Mr. Wheeler continued to demand that CX reimburse him for the money he falsely claimed to have paid the fighters. On May 16, CX wired $600,000 to Mr. Wheeler’s personal bank account and another $800,000 on May 18. On May 27, Mr. Wheeler transferred $1 million to an investment account. Mr. Wheeler continued to press CX for more money, indicating that if he did not receive $400,000 “there will be no event.”

In August 1992, Mr. Wheeler and his business partner were in Beijing, meeting with the CX representatives. Mr. Wheeler and his partner gave CX a false letter of credit, to show that they had obtained funding for the television pay-per-view contracts. Mr. Wheeler’s partner drafted the letter on bank stationery, and Mr. Wheeler signed a fictitious name as bank chairman. Later, Mr. Wheeler told CX that the letter was only a sample. On the way home from Beijing, Mr. Wheeler vacationed in Europe, financing his trip mostly with money from the $3.1 million provided by CX.

On August 24, Mr. Wheeler and his business partner split the remaining funds. A former employee of Mr. Wheeler and his partner contacted CX and suggested that they ask for an accounting. In response to CX’s requests for cancelled checks and receipts, Mr. Wheeler produced a false report stating that $1.2 million had been advanced to each main-event fighter and that the money had been forfeited due to cancellation. Mr. Wheeler paid one fighter’s manager $70,000 at most, and made no payments to the other.

Mr. Wheeler’s conduct violated RPCs 8.4(a), prohibiting lawyers from knowingly assisting others to violate the RPCs; 8.4(c), prohibiting lawyers from engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation; RLD 1.1(a), prohibiting lawyers from committing acts involving moral turpitude, dishonesty, corruption or other acts reflecting disregard for the rule of law; RLD 1.1(c) and APR 5(d), prohibiting lawyers from violating the oath or duties as a lawyer; and RLD 1.1(p), prohibiting lawyers from engaging in conduct demonstrating unfitness to practice law.

Linda Eide and Anne I. Seidel represented the Bar Association. Mr. Wheeler represented himself.

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Joseph Harper Mitchell

Joseph Harper Mitchell

License Number: 1148
License Type: Lawyer
Eligible To Practice: No
License Status: Disbarred
WSBA Admit Date: 2/23/1966
Contact Information
Public/Mailing Address: PO Box 15175
Seattle, WA 98115-0175
Phone: (206) 523-2602
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Action Effective Date
Disbarment 04/03/1992

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Discipline Notice – Joseph Mitchell
License Number: 1148
Member Name: Joseph Mitchell
Discipline Detail
Action: Disbarment
Effective Date: 4/3/1992
RPC:
Discipline Notice:
Description: Mr. Mitchell was disbarred from the practice of law, effective April 3, 1992.

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Richard Alan Basarab

Richard Alan Basarab
License Number: 11444
License Type: Lawyer
Eligible To Practice: No
License Status: Disbarred
WSBA Admit Date: 5/11/1981
Contact Information
Public/Mailing Address: 1593 Gillam Way
Fairbanks, AK 99701-6045
Email: laborrrelations@gmail.com
Phone: (907) 750-0579
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Action Effective Date
Disbarment 01/07/1999

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Discipline Notice – Richard Basarab
License Number: 11444
Member Name: Richard Basarab
Discipline Detail
Action: Disbarment
Effective Date: 1/7/1999
RPC: 1.3 – Diligence
1.4 – Communication
5.5 – Unauthorized Practice of Law
8.4 (b) – Criminal Act
8.4 (l) – Violate ELCs
8.4 (n) – Conduct Demonstrating Unfitness to Practice Law

Discipline Notice:
Description: Seattle lawyer Richard A. Basarab (WSBA No. 11444, admitted May 11, 1981) has been disbarred by order of the Supreme Court, effective January 7, 1999. The discipline is based upon his practicing law, and collecting fees from clients to practice law, while his license was suspended; failing to diligently represent his clients; and contacting a party represented by counsel.

On May 24, 1991, Mr. Basarab’s license to practice law was suspended for non-payment of dues. His license remained suspended until he was disbarred. On May 15, 1997, Mr. Basarab pled guilty, pursuant to an Alford plea, to one count of first-degree theft, one count of second-degree theft, and two counts of unauthorized practice of law.
Matter 1. On October 4, 1993, Mr. Basarab agreed to represent a client in a wrongful discharge suit. Mr. Basarab signed the summons, but did not put his WSBA number on the complaint. He failed to conduct discovery and did not attempt to answer the opposing party’s interrogatories, until after a motion to compel was filed. Mr. Basarab submitted the interrogatories unsigned and without the three binders of supporting documentation his client had provided. On May 1, 1995, the client learned that Mr. Basarab’s license was suspended, terminated his services and requested her file. The client discovered a motion to compel scheduled for the day before she received her file. Mr. Basarab had not notified the client of this motion. The Court entered a $1,000 judgment for terms against the client for failure to comply or appear at the motion. Mr. Basarab stated that he intended to find substitute counsel for his client, if litigation was necessary. However, the client terminated his services prior to his attempts to find other counsel.

Matter 2. In April 1995, Mr. Basarab agreed to draft an employment agreement for a parking lot construction estimator. Although Mr. Basarab told the client he could draft employment agreements, the contract draft contained mistakes that were not in the client’s best interests. During this same meeting, the client told Mr. Basarab that he needed a civil suit filed because his former employer did not pay his medical insurance premiums. Mr. Basarab filed the lawsuit in January 1996, and promised to inform the client’s creditors that they would be paid out of the settlement proceeds. Mr. Basarab altered a money order he received from another client to pay the $110 filing fee for the client’s complaint. Mr. Basarab also agreed to collect on a bounced commission check and file suit against another previous employer who failed to pay commissions. Mr. Basarab did not file the suit or collect the check. Finally, Mr. Basarab agreed to draft the contract for the sale of the client’s company. Mr. Basarab completed the sale.

Matter 3. Between October 1992 and October 1993, a client paid Mr. Basarab $750 to file a bankruptcy petition. Mr. Basarab did not file the bankruptcy petition. On October 5, 1995, the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection paid the client. Mr. Basarab has not reimbursed the fund. Mr. Basarab stated that he agreed only to assist the client in preparing documents, not to appear as her lawyer.

Matter 4. In June 1994, Mr. Basarab agreed to review a settlement proposal in a wrongful termination claim. Mr. Basarab told the client that he was experienced in labor law. Mr. Basarab and the client agreed that the settlement was not acceptable. Subsequently, the Human Rights Commission dismissed the client’s complaint. Mr. Basarab agreed to file a civil lawsuit for the client. On January 16, 1996, the client sent Mr. Basarab a money order for $110 for the filing fee. Mr. Basarab altered the money order and used it to pay for another client’s filing fee. Mr. Basarab never filed the lawsuit or refunded the client’s money.

Matter 5. In June 1995, Mr. Basarab agreed to represent the alleged father in a paternity action. The client gave Mr. Basarab the papers he received from the Office of Support Enforcement, and Mr. Basarab agreed to take care of the matters. Mr. Basarab did not respond to the Office of Support Enforcement. In October 1995, the King County Prosecuting Attorney filed a Motion for Default Judgment against the client, citing failure to appear. Mr. Basarab told his client that the Court was wrong, because he had filed a response the day the default order was entered. The client took no further action and DSHS began garnishing his paycheck.

Matter 6. In July 1995, Mr. Basarab agreed to represent the tenant in an unlawful detainer action.
Mr. Basarab drafted a Motion for an Order of Stay for the client to sign pro se. The client believed that he had retained Mr. Basarab as his lawyer. Mr. Basarab and his client went to court together and obtained a one-day stay. During the court appearance, Mr. Basarab told the court that he was assisting, not representing, the client. Later, the Snohomish County Sheriff removed the rented mobile home, because the medically disabled client was not able to pay the back rent.

Matter 7. Mr. Basarab represented a client in an American Arbitration Association (AAA) arbitration. Mr. Basarab told the parties and the arbitrator that he was not licensed to practice, and the arbitrator allowed him to represent the client. During the arbitration proceeding, Mr. Basarab presented exhibits, examined and cross-examined witnesses, and submitted memoranda on behalf of his client. The arbitrator awarded Mr. Basarab $3,625 as “representative fees,” pursuant to an attorney’s-fees clause in the disputed contract. Following the arbitration, Mr. Basarab contacted the opposing party directly, instead of through counsel, to attempt to collect the fees. The opposing party challenged the award of fees, and the King County Superior Court denied Mr. Basarab’s fees. The Court concluded that the contract allowed attorney’s fees, and Mr. Basarab could not have been acting as an attorney, because his license was suspended.

Matter 8. In late 1995, Mr. Basarab accepted $750 and agreed to file a lawsuit for a client. In mid-1997, the client learned that Mr. Basarab’s license was suspended and that he had not filed the lawsuit.

Matter 9. On May 6, 1998, Mr. Basa-rab appeared with a client in Poulsbo Municipal Court. Mr. Basarab requested, and the Court granted, a continuance of the pre-trial conference scheduled to be heard that day. The Judge asked Mr. Basarab if he intended to file a notice of appearance in the case. Mr. Basarab stated that he would file a notice of appearance and hoped to reach an agreement after speaking to the prosecutor.

Mr. Basarab’s conduct violated RPCs 8.4, prohibiting a lawyer from committing a crime that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer; RCW 2.48.180, making it a crime to engage in the unauthorized practice of law; RPC 5.5(a), prohibiting the practice of law where doing so violates the regulation of the legal profession; RLD 1.1(l), prohibiting a lawyer from engaging in the practice of law while suspended; RLD 1.1(p), prohibiting conduct demonstrating unfitness to practice law; RLD 8.2, prohibiting a disbarred or suspended attorney from accepting a retainer, giving legal advice, or acting as a lawyer for another in a legal matter; RPC 1.3, requiring a lawyer to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; and RPC 1.4(a), requiring a lawyer to keep clients informed as to the status of their matters.

Sachia Stonefeld represented the Bar Association. Kevin Keefe represented Mr. Basarab. Geoffrey Revelle acted as the hearing officer.

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Gerald Robert Moran

Gerald Robert Moran
License Number: 1122
License Type: Lawyer
Eligible To Practice: No
License Status: Disbarred
WSBA Admit Date: 2/18/1965
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Public/Mailing Address: Not Available
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: (206) 682-7100
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Sonya K. Scharf

Sonya K. Scharf
License Number: 11171
License Type: Lawyer
Eligible To Practice: No
License Status: Disbarred
WSBA Admit Date: 10/24/1980
Contact Information
Public/Mailing Address: 10618 SE 25th St
Bellevue, WA 98004-7241
Phone: (206) 622-5658
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Disbarment 12/11/1989

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Discipline Notice – Sonya Scharf
License Number: 11171
Member Name: Sonya Scharf
Discipline Detail
Action: Disbarment
Effective Date: 12/11/1989
RPC:
Discipline Notice:
Description: Ms. Scharf was disbarred from the practice of law, effective December 11, 1989.

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Paul Eugene Simmerly

It should be noted that Mr Simmerly was summarily harassed and then disbarred for fighting for his clients rights, he is a perfect illustration of what happens to attorneys who actually try to do the right thing.

Paul Eugene Simmerly
License Number: 10719
License Type: Lawyer
Eligible To Practice: No
License Status: Disbarred
WSBA Admit Date: 5/12/1980
Contact Information
Public/Mailing Address: 2300 130th Ave NE Ste A-101
Bellevue, WA 98005-1755
Email: psimmerly@hermanrecor.com
Phone: (425) 451-1400
Fax: (425) 497-0799
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Office Type and Size: Law firm with 2-5 WSBA members
Practice Areas: Collections, Family, Litigation, Personal Injury
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Last Updated: 2/9/2012 8:00:39 AM
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Action Effective Date
Disbarment 08/02/2012
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Discipline Notice – Paul Simmerly
License Number: 10719
Member Name: Paul Simmerly
Discipline Detail
Action: Disbarment
Effective Date: 8/2/2012
RPC: 1.15A – Safeguarding Property
1.15B – Required Trust Account Records
1.4 – Communication
1.5 – Fees
3.3 – Candor Toward the Tribunal
8.4 – Misconduct
Discipline Notice: Disciplinary Board Recommendation
Hearing Officer Decision
Supreme Court Order
Description: Paul Eugene Simmerly, (WSBA No.10719, admitted 1980) of Bellevue, was disbarred, effective 08/02/2012, by order of the Washington State Supreme Court.

The lawyer’s conduct violated the following Rules of Professional Conduct:

1.4 (Communication), 1.5 (Fees),

1.15A (Safeguarding Property),

1.15B (Required Trust Account Records),

3.3 (Candor Toward the Tribunal), and

8.4 (Misconduct).

Christine Gray represented the Bar Association at hearing and Joanne S. Abelson represented the Bar Association on appeal. Kurt M. Bulmer represented respondent. William Scherer Bailey was the hearing officer.

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