List of disbarments in the United States

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This is a list of disbarments affecting notable lawyers.

Name Jurisdiction Date disbarred Date reinstated Reason/Details
Spiro T. Agnew Maryland 1973 No contest plea to bribery and tax evasion.[1]
James Alexander New York 1735 1737 Retaliatory measure for defending John Peter Zenger from sedition.[2]
F. Lee Bailey Florida and Massachusetts 2001 Misconduct while defending Claude Duboc.[3] Filed for reinstatement in Massachusetts in 2005, but has not yet[when?] been reinstated.[citation needed] Applied for reinstatement in Maine in 2013, and approved by a judge of the state's Supreme Judicial Court, but decision appealed by the state Board of Bar Examiners, requiring a rehearing by the entire court. Case heard by the full court on January 14, 2014;[4] the court announced on April 10 that it had voted 4–2 to deny Bailey admission.[5]
Tommy Burnett Tennessee 1990 2003 Convicted of multiple felonies as a result of the Operation Rocky Top political corruption investigation.[6]
Thomas J. Capano Delaware 2001 November 15 Convicted of murder.[7]
Laurence Canter Tennessee 1997 In part for unethical practices in marketing legal service (i.e. through spamming).[8]
Marc Stuart Dreier New York 2009 October 8 Violation of New York's insider trading statute and General Business Law[9]
Ed Fagan New York 2008 December Failed to pay court fines and fees in Holocaust Case[10]
Ed Fagan New Jersey 2009 January Convicted for stealing money from Holocaust survivors.[11]
Stanley Hilton California State Bar 2012 Misconduct[12]
Alger Hiss Massachusetts 1952 1975 Convicted of perjury[13]
Abraham J. Isserman New Jersey 1954 1961 Contempt of court during Foley Square trial
Kwame Kilpatrick Michigan 2008 Pleaded No contest to one count of assaulting a police officer and guilty to two felony obstruction of justice charges.[14]
Egil Krogh Washington 1975 1980 Convicted of conspiracy to violate civil rights of Daniel Ellsberg[15]
Lewis Libby District of Columbia 2008 March 20 Convicted of four of five felony counts of obstruction of justice, perjury, and making false statements to a grand jury and federal investigators, in United States v. Libby, pertaining to the Plame affair and related CIA leak grand jury investigation.[16]
Lewis Libby Pennsylvania 2008 December 10 Reciprocal with District of Columbia.[17]
Marvin Mandel Maryland 1982 October 29 1989 July 6[18] Mail fraud and racketeering.[19]
C. Vernon Mason New York 1995 Price gouging, theft, and abandoning clients.[20]
John N. Mitchell New York 1975 July 3 Perjury[21]
Michael D. Murphy Texas, Louisiana 1984, 1985 [22][23]
Mike Nifong North Carolina 2007 Prosecutorial misconduct while prosecuting the Duke lacrosse case.[24]
Richard Nixon New York 1976 August 9 Obstruction of justice related to Watergate.[25]
Fred Phelps Kansas 1979 July 20 Conduct during his lawsuit against court reporter Carolene Brady.[26]
Fred Phelps United States federal courts 1989 (ceased practicing) Already excluded from Kansas state courts by his disbarment, Phelps agreed to cease practicing in federal courts as part of the settlement for a 1985 disciplinary complaint by nine federal judges.[27]
Thomas Porteous Louisiana 2011 January Voluntarily surrendered his state law license after being impeached by the US Senate on December 8, 2010.[28]
Michael E. Reiburn New York 1935 Disbarred for unethical practices,[29] later for the same case sentenced to five years in prison for fraud.
Mitch Skandalakis Georgia 2005 Convicted of making a false statement to an FBI investigator.[30]
Joel Steinberg New York 1987 First Degree Manslaughter[31]
Lynne Stewart New York 2005 Convicted in Federal Court of aiding terrorists and defrauding the U.S. government.[32]
Jack Thompson Florida 2008 Found guilty of 27 counts of professional misconduct, including verbal harassment and intimidation[33][34]


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  3. ^ "IN THE MATTER OF F. LEE BAILEY.". April 11, 2003. Retrieved April 25, 2009. On November 21, 2001, the Supreme Court of Florida disbarred attorney F. Lee Bailey for "multiple counts of egregious misconduct, including offering false testimony, engaging in ex parte communications, violating a client's confidences, violating two federal court orders, and trust account violations, including commingling and misappropriation." Florida Bar v. Bailey, 803 So. 2d 683, 694 (Fla. 2001), cert. denied, 535 U.S. 1056 (2002) (Bailey). [...] On March 7, 2002, a single justice of this court entered a judgment of disbarment, from which Bailey now appeals. [...] We agree [with the Supreme Court of Florida]. We therefore affirm the judgment of the single justice. So ordered. 
  4. ^ Koenig, Seth (January 14, 2014). "State’s highest court to decide: Can F. Lee Bailey be trusted to practice law in Maine?". Bangor Daily News. Bangor, ME. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 
  5. ^ Dolan, Scott (April 11, 2014). "Maine’s high court denies F. Lee Bailey’s bid to return to practicing law". Portland Press-Herald. Portland, ME. Retrieved May 23, 2014. 
  6. ^ Kerr, Gail (September 17, 2009). "Tommy Burnett, former TN legislator, dies at 67". The Tennessean. Retrieved September 18, 2009. [dead link]
  7. ^ "IN THE MATTER OF ... THOMAS J. CAPANO" (PDF). SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE. November 15, 2001. Retrieved April 25, 2009. Thomas J. Capano is hereby DISBARRED from the practice of law in Delaware. His name shall be stricken immediately from the roll of attorneys licensed to practice before the Courts of this State. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Spamming Lawyer Disbarred". Wired. July 10, 1997. 
  9. ^ "Matter of Dreier". New York State Law Reporting Bureau. Retrieved October 15, 2009. 
  10. ^ Noeleen G. Walder. Lawyer Disbarred for Failing to Pay Sanctions, Fees in Holocaust Case. New York Law Journal. December 12, 2008.
  11. ^ Koloff, Abbott. NJ: Disbar ex-Parsippany lawyer for stealing from Holocaust survivors. Daily Record. January 22, 2009
  12. ^ California State Bar Court: Decision and recommendation
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  15. ^ Washington State Supreme Court (1975). "In the Matter of the Disciplinary Proceeding Against EGIL KROGH, JR., an Attorney at Law, 85 Wn.2d 462". Retrieved January 17, 2007. 
  16. ^ "Cheney's former chief of staff disbarred from practicing law in U.S. capital". CNN. Retrieved May 8, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Attorney ID: 23330 Libby, I. Lewis Jr.". Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Retrieved July 22, 2009. 
  18. ^ Barringer, Felicity (July 28, 1989). "THE LAW; When Good Standing Has Different Meanings". The New York Times. Retrieved October 16, 2009. 
  19. ^ "Around the nation". The New York Times. October 29, 1982. Retrieved October 16, 2009. 
  20. ^ James, George (January 27, 1995). "State Appellate Court Disbars An Advocate of Civil Rights". New York Times. Retrieved February 8, 2008. 
  21. ^ "John Mitchell disbarred". Boca Raton News. July 4, 1975. Retrieved October 15, 2009. 
  22. ^ Erik Holmes (2006). "Senior Air Force JAG relieved of command". Air Force Times. Retrieved December 8, 2006. 
  23. ^ "Texas State Bar Member Record for Michael D. Murphy". Texas State Bar Association. 2006. Archived from the original on December 31, 2006. Retrieved December 8, 2006. 
  24. ^ State Bar verdict on Nifong
  25. ^ Morris, Jeffrey Brandon (1997). Making sure we are true to our founders. Martin, George Whitney. Fordham University Press. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  26. ^ State v. Phelps, 226 Kan. 371, 598 P.2d 180 (Kan. 1979) (Kansas Supreme Court opinion)
  27. ^ Southern Poverty Law Center, Fred Phelps timeline
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  29. ^ a b Year Book (Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1936; pg. 169)
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  31. ^ Shipp, E. R. (May 20, 1988). "Steinberg Disbarred Over Law Exam Exemption". The New York Times. Retrieved May 8, 2010. 
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  33. ^ Order, The Florida Bar v. Thompson, Nos. SC07-80, SC07-354 (Fla. Sept. 25, 2008) Archived March 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  34. ^ Fahey, Mike (September 25, 2008). "Jack Thompson Disbarred". Kotaku. Retrieved September 25, 2008.