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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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Office Type and Size: Not Specified
Practice Areas: None Specified
Languages Other Than English: None Specified
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Disciplinary History
Action Effective Date
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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Posted in Disbarred Attorneys, King County

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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Office Type and Size: Not Specified
Practice Areas: None Specified
Languages Other Than English: None Specified
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Disciplinary History
Action Effective Date
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
Languages Other Than English: None Specified
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Private Practice: Yes
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Last Updated: 2/9/2012 8:00:39 AM
Committees
Member of these committees/boards/panels:
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Disciplinary History
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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Allen Charles Hamley

Allen Charles Hamley

License Number:1028
License Type:Lawyer
Eligible To Practice:No
License Status:Disbarred
WSBA Admit Date:9/22/1969

Contact Information

Public/Mailing Address: 4048 134th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA 98006-1316
United States
Email:
Phone:(425) 454-3797
Fax:(425) 378-2734
Website:
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Private Practice:Yes
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Last Updated:5/27/2008 7:00:00 AM

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ActionEffective Date
Disbarment 07/09/2008

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