THESE NOTICES OF THE IMPOSITION OF DISCIPLINARY SANCTIONS AND ACTIONS are published pursuant to Rule 3.5(c) of the Washington Supreme Court Rules for Enforcement of Lawyer Conduct. Active links to directory listings, RPC definitions, and documents related to the disciplinary matter can be found by viewing the online version of Washington State Bar News at www.wsba.org/news-events/Bar-News or by looking up the respondent in the legal directory on the WSBA website (www.wsba.org) and then scrolling down to “Discipline History.”
As some WSBA members share the same or similar names, please read all disciplinary notices carefully for names, cities, and bar numbers.
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Gregory Scott Hoover (WSBA No. 28049, admitted 1998) of Bellevue, was suspended for 30 days, effective 3/26/2021, by order of the Washington Supreme Court. Hoover’s conduct violated the following Rules of Professional Conduct: 1.3 (Diligence), 1.4 (Communication).
In relation to his representation of a client in a criminal matter and a related civil forfeiture matter, Hoover stipulated to suspension for: 1) failing to arrange for a Taishanese interpreter in his client’s court proceedings; and 2) failing to communicate the risks of not accepting a plea offer to his client and failing to communicate with his client in a language the client fully understood.
Henry Cruz acted as disciplinary counsel. Ralph E. Cromwell represented Respondent. Kenneth B. Gorton was the hearing officer. The online version of Washington State Bar News contains links to the following documents: Disciplinary Board Order Approving Stipulation; Stipulation to 30 Day Suspension; and Washington Supreme Court Order.
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Charles Michael Ramsdell (WSBA No. 26164, admitted 1996) of Port Orchard, was suspended for 60 days, effective 4/12/2021, by order of the Washington Supreme Court. Ramsdell’s conduct violated the following Rules of Professional Conduct: 8.4(l) ELC violation.
In relation to his handling of trust account records and fee agreements as a condition of probation, Ramsdell stipulated to suspension for: 1) failing to submit quarterly records in compliance with a condition of probation; and 2) failing to promptly provide a full and complete response to disciplinary counsel’s inquiries during the grievance investigation.
Chris Chang acted as disciplinary counsel. Charles Michael Ramsdell represented himself. The online version of Washington State Bar News contains links to the following documents: Disciplinary Board Order Approving Stipulation to Suspension; Stipulation to Suspension; and Washington Supreme Court Order.
David A. Jakeman (WSBA No. 39332, admitted 2007) of Kennewick, is suspended from the practice of law in the State of Washington pending the outcome of disciplinary proceedings, effective 3/12/2021, by order of the Washington Supreme Court. This is not a disciplinary sanction.