Edward N. Walters, a Whitmore Lake lawyer, has received a 90-day suspension from the practice of law in Michigan, the State of Michigan Attorney Discipline Board (ADB) reports. The suspension went into effect on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.
Based on Walters’ plea of no contest, ADB Washtenaw County Hearing Panel #4 found that Walters neglected three legal matters; failed to seek his clients' lawful objectives; failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing clients; failed to adequately communicate with clients; and failed to refund the advance payments of the fee and costs upon termination of the representations. The panel further found that Walters failed to timely answer a request for investigation and failed to answer a second, separate, request for investigation.
Walters and the Grievance Administrator filed a stipulation for a consent order of discipline, which the Attorney Grievance Commission approved and the hearing panel accepted. In accordance with that stipulation, the panel ordered Walters’ suspension from the practice of law in Michigan for 90 days, and directed him to pay restitution of $5,750.00 and costs of $998.44.
ADB records show that Walters also received a reprimand, effective Nov. 3, 2012, and an automatic suspension for non-payment of costs, effective Nov. 16, 2012.