The State of Michigan Attorney Discipline Board (ADB) reported the disbarment of three lawyers in the month of August. One disbarment involves a Detroit-area lawyer.
Southfield lawyer Barry L. Lippitt was disbarred effective Aug. 9, 2014. Lippitt entered a plea of no contest to allegations that he violated the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct governing fairness to opposing party and counsel and safekeeping property. Based on the no contest plea, ADB Tri-County Hearing Panel #80 found that Lippitt, while acting as an appointed guardian for a legally incapacitated individual, knowingly disobeyed an obligation under the rules of a tribunal. The panel further found that Lippitt failed to notify a client or a third person when funds in which that person had an interest were received; and failed to promptly pay or deliver funds that a client or third person was entitled to receive.
Also disbarred were Jarrod A. Barron of Morrice, Michigan, effective Aug. 13, 2014, and Kelvin Yinkang Hu of Chicago, Illinois, effective Aug. 7, 2014.
The ADB also reported six suspensions in August:
- Thomas W. Deprekel of Bay City received a 180-day suspension, effective Aug. 22, 2014.
- Stephen P. Fitzgerald of Detroit received a 180-day suspension, effective Aug. 1, 2014
- William A. Godfrey of Walled Lake received a 180-day suspension, to go into effect on Nov. 2, 2017, consecutive to his current disbarment.
- Emmett D. Greenwood of Detroit received a 150-day suspension, effective Aug. 9, 2014.
- Matthew Charles Justice of Plainwell received a 180-day suspension, pending appeal, effective Aug. 21, 2014.
- Richard J. Quist of Grand Rapids received a 180-day suspension, effective Aug. 1, 2014.
In addition, Thomas G. Trautner of Cadillac received a reprimand, and Michael B. Haley of Grand Blanc received a transfer to inactive status.
Receiving reinstatements to the practice of law in August were Michael L. Donaldson of Plymouth, R. Reid Krinock of Brighton, and Keith T. Murphy of White Lake.