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Daniel A Wright

Daniel A. Wright
License Number: 11560
License Type: Lawyer
Eligible To Practice: No
License Status: Disbarred
WSBA Admit Date: 5/11/1981
Contact Information
Public/Mailing Address: 1007 Maplewood Ln SE
Tumwater, WA 98501-4149
Phone: (360) 352-4674
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Firm or Employer:
Office Type and Size: Law firm with 2-5 WSBA members
Practice Areas: Estate Planning/ Probate/ Wills, Family
Languages Other Than English: None Specified
Professional Liability Insurance
Private Practice: Yes
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Last Updated: 3/7/2008 8:00:00 AM
Committees
Member of these committees/boards/panels:
None
Disciplinary History
Action Effective Date
Disbarment 10/06/2009

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Discipline Notice – Daniel Wright
License Number: 11560
Member Name: Daniel Wright
Discipline Detail
Action: Disbarment
Effective Date: 10/6/2009
RPC: 1.3 – Diligence
1.4 – Communication
8.1 – Bar Admission Matters
8.4 (c) – Dishonesty, Fraud, Deceit or Misrepresentation
8.4 (l) – Violate ELCs
Discipline Notice:
Description: Daniel A. Wright (WSBA No. 11560, admitted 1981), of Tumwater was disbarred, effective October 6, 2009, by order of the Washington State Supreme Court, following a default hearing. This discipline was based on conduct involving failure to act with reasonable diligence, failure to communicate, making false statements in connection with a disciplinary matter, dishonest conduct, and violating a duty imposed under the Rules for Enforcement of Lawyer Conduct.

In September 2005, a client hired Mr. Wright to represent her in the dissolution of her marriage. As part of the dissolution, the client’s husband executed a promissory note in favor of the client, which was secured by a trust deed on a certain piece of real property. The client’s husband executed the note and trust deed on or about February 1, 2007. Mr. Wright did not record the promissory note or trust deed. In June 2007, the client retrieved her client file from the firm where Mr. Wright was an associate. She subsequently learned that the trust deed had not been recorded and that a senior lien holder had foreclosed on the property on May 7, 2007.

On August 14, 2007, the client telephoned Mr. Wright about his failure to record the trust deed. Mr. Wright told his client that she had instructed him not to record the trust deed and that he had sent her a letter at that time confirming those instructions. The client told Mr. Wright that she had not given him instructions not to record the trust deed. She also told Mr. Wright that she had not received any letter from him confirming those instructions and that she intended to file a grievance with the Association. Mr. Wright wrote and sent the client a follow-up letter confirming the telephone conversation, including his assertion that she instructed him not to record the trust deed, and enclosed a copy of a letter dated February 12, 2007. The letter dated February 12, 2007, from Mr. Wright to the client, purported to confirm the client’s instructions to Mr. Wright not to file the trust deed. Mr. Wright represented to her that the letter had been created and mailed to her on February 12, 2007. In fact, Mr. Wright created the letter on August 14, 2007, after the telephone conversation with the client. In connection with the investigation of the grievance filed by the client, Mr. Wright falsely stated to the Association that the letter dated February 12, 2007, had been created and sent to the client on February 12, 2007.

Mr. Wright’s conduct violated RPC 1.3, requiring a lawyer to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; RPC 1.4, requiring a lawyer to promptly inform the client of any decision of circumstance with respect to which the client’s informed consent is required, reasonably consult with the client about the means by which the client’s objectives are to be accomplished, keep the client reasonably informed about the status of the matter, and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information; RPC 8.1(a), prohibiting a lawyer, in connection with a disciplinary matter, from knowingly making a false statement of material fact; RPC 8.4(c), prohibiting a lawyer from engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation; and RPC 8.4(l), prohibiting a lawyer from violating a duty or sanction imposed by or under the Rules for Enforcement of Lawyer Conduct in connection with a disciplinary matter (here, ELC 5.3(e)).

Debra J. Slater represented the Bar Association. Mr. Wright did not appear either in person or through counsel. Malcolm L. Edwards was the hearing officer.

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Posted in Disbarred Attorneys, Thurston County

James Emmett Freeley

James Emmett Freeley

License Number: 11251
License Type: Lawyer
Eligible To Practice: No
License Status: Disbarred
WSBA Admit Date: 10/28/1980
Contact Information
Public/Mailing Address: Freeley & Nicolas LLC
2120 State Ave NE
Olympia, WA 98506-6514
Email: freeleylaw@olywa.net
Phone: (360) 754-7667
Fax: (360) 786-6948
Practice Information Identified by Legal Professional
Firm or Employer: Freeley & Nicolas LLC
Office Type and Size: Not Specified
Practice Areas: None Specified
Languages Other Than English: None Specified
Professional Liability Insurance
Private Practice:
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Committees
Member of these committees/boards/panels:
None
Disciplinary History
Action Effective Date
Suspension 05/03/2007

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Discipline Notice – James Freeley
License Number: 11251
Member Name: James Freeley
Discipline Detail
Action: Suspension
Effective Date: 5/3/2007
RPC: 1.15 – (prior to 9/1/2006) Declining or Terminating Representation
1.3 – Diligence
1.4 – Communication
8.4 (d) – Conduct Prejudicial to the Administration of Justice
8.4 (l) – Violate ELCs
Discipline Notice:
Description: James E. Freeley (WSBA No. 11251, admitted 1980), of Olympia, was disbarred effective May 3, 2007, by order of the Washington State Supreme Court following a default hearing. This discipline was based on his conduct in 2004 in several matters involving termination of representation without notice.

In approximately October 2004, Mr. Freeley ceased practicing law without notice to clients, courts, or opposing counsel.

In January 2004, Mr. Freeley had appeared as counsel of record in two domestic-violence matters. Throughout 2004, Mr. Freeley failed to appear at multiple hearings. By October or November 2004, other lawyers appeared for the clients. By that time, the prosecutor could no longer locate the victim in the first matter and was unable to serve the victim in the second matter. The prosecutor was obliged to dismiss both cases.

In April 2002, Mr. Freeley was appointed “standby” counsel in an attempted murder case. In late 2004, Mr. Freeley began showing up late for court. In October 2004, he was removed as standby counsel after failing to appear for a pretrial hearing. It took several weeks for the Office of Assigned Counsel to find and appoint another standby counsel.

In April 2004, Mr. Freeley was hired to represent the defendant in a probation violation matter related to a narcotics offense. In late 2004, the defendant ceased being able to reach Mr. Freeley. Mr. Freeley missed several court appearances in the matter. The defendant eventually resolved the matter pro se.

As a result of Mr. Freeley’s failure to appear in court on behalf of his clients, a grievance was filed with the Bar Association in November 2004. Mr. Freeley failed to respond to the Bar Association’s requests for information during the disciplinary investigation.

Mr. Freeley’s conduct violated RPC 1.3, requiring a lawyer to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client; RPC 1.4, requiring a lawyer to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter, to promptly comply with reasonable requests for information, and to explain a matter to the extent reasonably necessary to permit the client to make informed decisions regarding the representation; former RPC 1.15, governing the circumstances in which a lawyer may withdraw from representation and imposing duties on termination of representation; RPC 8.4(d), prohibiting a lawyer from engaging in conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice; and RPC 8.4(l), prohibiting a lawyer from violating a duty or sanction imposed by or under the Rules for Enforcement of Lawyer Conduct in connection with a disciplinary matter.

Joanne S. Abelson represented the Bar Association. Mr. Freeley did not appear either in person or through counsel. Nancy K. McCoid was the hearing officer.

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Posted in Disbarred Attorneys, Thurston County

Alan Joe Martin

Alan Joe Martin
License Number: 10838
License Type: Lawyer
Eligible To Practice: No
License Status: Disbarred
WSBA Admit Date: 5/15/1980
Contact Information
Public/Mailing Address: 4625 45th Ave SE Apt M9
Lacey, WA 98503-5942
Phone: (360) 459-7655
Practice Information Identified by Legal Professional
Firm or Employer:
Office Type and Size: Not Specified
Practice Areas: None Specified
Languages Other Than English: None Specified
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Last Updated:
Committees

Member of these committees/boards/panels:
None
Disciplinary History
Action Effective Date
Disbarment 10/14/1991

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Discipline Notice – Alan Martin
License Number: 10838
Member Name: Alan Martin
Discipline Detail
Action: Disbarment
Effective Date: 10/14/1991
RPC:
Discipline Notice:
Description: Mr. Martin was disbarred from the practice of law, effective October 14, 1991.

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