On Friday, December 15, 2023, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board approved a one-year and one-day suspension for attorney Chandra Harris Snyder. The suspension stems from Snyder’s simultaneous employment at two separate law firms.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Chandra Harris Snyder,” with case no. 23-010-128451.

The charges cited Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct 1.6 and 8.1 which states:

A lawyer shall make reasonable efforts to prevent the inadvertent or unauthorized disclosure of, or unauthorized access to, information protected under this Rule.

An applicant for admission to the bar, or lawyer already admitted to the bar, in connection with a bar admission application, any certification required to be filed as a condition of maintaining or renewing a license to practice law, or in connection with a disciplinary matter, shall not: knowingly make a false statement of material fact.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.

According to documents from the disciplinary hearing, Snyder accepted full-time positions at both Babcock & Moore, PLC and Ferguson, Rawls, & Raines, PC in late 2022, starting work at each firm on different dates. Snyder failed to disclose to either firm that she had accepted and was concurrently working at two law offices.

It was not until January 2023 that Snyder’s simultaneous employment was discovered by staff at one of the firms. Snyder allegedly made false statements to cover up her dual roles when directly asked about it. Both firms terminated Snyder’s employment later in February once her deception was revealed.

In an Agreed Disposition filed December 6, 2023, Snyder admitted to professional misconduct charges of failing to maintain client confidentiality, making false statements, and engaging in conduct involving dishonesty. As part of the agreement, Snyder and Virginia Bar Counsel proposed a sanction of a one-year and one-day suspension.

On December 15th, the five-member Disciplinary Board panel approved the Agreed Disposition after a phone hearing. The suspension is effective immediately. Snyder must comply with rules to formally end representation of any current clients and notify courts before seeking reinstatement of her law license in one year. She will also pay costs associated with the disciplinary case.

The Disposition states:

“It is ORDERED that the Disciplinary Board accepts the Agreed Disposition and the Respondent shall receive a One-Year and One-Day Suspension, as set forth in the Agreed Disposition, which is attached and incorporated in this Memorandum Order.”

According to avvo.com, Ms. Snyder is a criminal defense attorney in Chesapeake, Virginia. She acquired her law license in Virginia in 2008. 

A copy of the original filing can be found here.