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Bar Counsel Report: December 2010

Bar Counsel Report: December 2010

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bar counsel report
42 Nevada Lawyer
December 2010
December 2010
SUPREME COURT OF NEVADA
In re: Phyllis Joann BryanBar No.: 7290Docket No.: 56648Filed: October 6, 2010
ORDER IMPOSING RECIPROCAL DISCIPLINEAND DISBARRING ATTORNEY
Reciprocal discipline imposed following discipline from theCalifornia State Bar.
ThisisapetitionunderSCR114toreciprocallydisciplineattorneyPhyllisJoannBryan,basedondisciplineimposedupon
her in California. Bryan did not le a response to the petition.
Bryan’sunderlyingCaliforniadisciplinarymatterconsistedoffailuretocomplywiththeconditionsofaprevioussuspensionorder.BryandefaultedintheCaliforniadisciplinaryproceedingsandwasfoundtohavecommittedmisconductforwillfullyfailingtocomplywithCaliforniaRuleofCourt9.20aspreviouslyorderedbytheCaliforniaSupremeCourt.
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Thereafter,theCaliforniaSupremeCourtorderedBryandisbarredfromthepracticeoflaw.ShewasalsoorderedtocomplywithCaliforniaCourtRule9.20andtopaycostsoftheproceedings.BryanfailedtoinformbarcounselofthedisciplineasrequiredbySCR114(1).SCR114(4)providesthatthiscourtshallimposeidenticalreciprocaldisciplineunlesstheattorneydemonstrates,orthis
court nds, that one of four exceptions applies. None of the
exceptionsispresentinthiscase. Accordingly,wegrantthepetitionforreciprocaldiscipline. AttorneyPhyllisJoannBryanisherebydisbarredfromthepracticeoflawinthisstate.
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BryanandthestatebarshallcomplywithSCR115andSCR121.1.
RESIGNATIONS(VOLUNTARY
,
NO DISCIPLINE
PENDING
)
S.C.R. 98(5)( 
 a
 )
StateS
:
Any member of the state bar who is not actively engaged in the practice of law in this state, upon writtenapplication on a form approved by the state bar, may resign from membership in the state bar if the member:(1) has no discipline, fee dispute arbitration, or clients’ security fund matters pending and (2) is current on
all membership fee payments and other nancial 
commitments relating to the member’s practice of law in Nevada. Such resignation shall become effective
when led with the state bar, accepted by the board of 
governors, and approved by the supreme court.
ThefollowingmemberresignedpursuanttothisRule:
Roy L. Farrow
BarNo.4015CaseNo.57042Filed11/2/10
SOUTHERN NEVADADISCIPLINARY BOARD
LETTER OF REPRIMAND
File No.:

09-223-2070
Letter of Reprimand imposed for failure to communicate and supervise non-lawyer assistants.
ClientpurchasedacabinonMt.Charleston,Nevada.Uponmovingintothecabinhediscoveredthatthecabinwaspartiallybuiltontheneighbor’slot.OnJuly13,2006,Clientretained AttorneytoassistwithobtainingapprovalforaneasementonhiscabinonMt.Charleston.HepaidAttorneyaretainerfeeandwasbilledeachmonththereafterforhisservices.OnNovember2,2006,Attorneywassuccessfulingettingtheeasementrecorded.Thereafter,Clientrequestedthat Attorneyprepareandsendademandlettertothesellerpriorto
the ling of a civil action to recover damages, which Attorney’sofce did in May 2007. After gathering additional documentation
andreceivingnoresponsetotheletter,adraftcomplaintforClient’scasewaspreparedinoraroundJanuary2008.
 Although Attorney believed that a complaint had been led,in fact the le sat in an associate’s ofce for many months. In the
earlypartof2009,AttorneymistakenlyinformedClientthatthe
complaint had been led, there had been no response, and that
 Attorneywaswaitingforadefaultjudgmenttobeentered.ClientbeganhisownresearchontheInternetviaBlackstonetokeepapprisedofthependingstatusonhismatter.
His research revealed no civil suit had been led in Clark County
andthatAttorney’sstatementstohimaboutthesuitwerefalse.
While Attorney believed Attorney’s staff had led and served thecomplaint, Attorney failed to personally review the le or conrm
thestatusofthelawsuitduringthetimeitlaydormant.ApparentlywhenAttorneyaskedhisstaffforupdatesontheClientcasetheybelievedAttorneywasreferringtoanothercaseforwhichtheyhadbeenawaitingadefaultjudgmentformanymonths.
 Attorney ultimately led the civil suit on Client’s behalf onOctober 22, 2009. Defendants led their answer on March 10,2010. The matter is ongoing and Client is presently satised with
 Attorney’shandlingandcommunicationinthismatter.ThePanelconsideredinaggravationthe16-monthdelay
in ling the lawsuit, the incorrect information Attorney provided
toAttorney’sclient,andAttorney’slongevityof18yearsofpractice.Inmitigation,thePanelfoundthatAttorneylackedany
selsh motive, that Attorney was candid and cooperative in thediscipline process, and that Attorney rectied the situation withthe client, who is satised with Attorney’s representation.
 AttorneyisherebyREPRIMANDEDforviolationsofRulesofProfessionalConduct(“RPC”)1.4(Communication)andRPC5.3(ResponsibilitiesRegardingNonlawyerAssistants).
LETTER OF REPRIMAND
File No.:

07-146-NA177
Letter of Reprimand imposed on California-licensed lawyer for engaging in the unauthorized practice of law in Nevada.

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