An Attorney Discipline Board (ADB) hearing panel has disbarred Warren lawyer James C. Hall, the ADB reported this week. The disbarment became effective Dec. 3, 2013.
ADB Tri-County Hearing Panel #106 found, by default, that Hall neglected two legal matters and failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in the representation of his clients. In addition, Hall failed to keep his clients reasonably informed about the status of their matters and to comply promptly with reasonable requests for information, and failed to explain a matter to the extent reasonably necessary to permit the clients to make informed decisions regarding their representation.
Hall further failed to take reasonable steps to protect the clients' interests and surrender papers and property to which the clients were entitled upon termination of the representation. Finally, Hall failed to respond to lawful demands for information from a disciplinary authority, failed to answer a request for investigation, failed to answer the formal complaint, and failed to appear at his disciplinary hearing.
The panel ordered Hall’s disbarment from the practice of law in Michigan, and directed him to pay costs of $1,772.36.
ADB records show that Hall received two prior suspensions from the practice of law, from which he had not been reinstated as of the effective date of his disbarment. ADB Tri-County Hearing Panel #108 suspended Hall for three years, effective Oct. 24, 2012. ADB Tri-County Hearing Panel #104 suspended Hall for 180 days, effective June 15, 2011.