Atlanta City Councilman H. Lamar Willis disbarred

7:45 PM, Oct 7, 2013   |    comments
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H. Lamar Willis Post 3 at Large

ATLANTA -- H. Lamar Willis, Atlanta City Councilman for Post 3 at large, has been disbarred.

The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled Monday that Willis violated a number of the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct.

His disbarment comes after the Review Panel of the State Bar of Georgia recommended Willis lose his license to practice law. The panel decided Willis's claim that depression prevented him from responding to a formal complaint against him was "not credible."

During a press conference, Willis apologized for the "dark" time in his life, 2 years ago, when he stole about $30,000 from a personal injury suit. 

Willis said he "respectfully disagreed" with his disbarment and that he would take the steps necessary to be reinstated to the GA State Bar. The city councilmen said he is completely competent and able to hold public office despite the former unidentified emotional issues which are supposedly the underlying reason for his disbarment. 

According to the Supreme Court of Georgia's opinion, Willis pocketed $30,000 that was supposed to be awarded to a client in a personal injury suit. That was just one of his many conduct violations, according to the opinion.

"Having reviewed the record, we agree with the Review Panel that the facts in this case demonstrate Willis's extreme disregard of his duty to safeguard the property of a client, which undermines the public trust," a Supreme Court Justice wrote in the opinion. "Accordingly, we hereby order that the name of Henry Lamar Willis be removed from the rolls of persons entitled to practice law in the State of Georgia."

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