On Monday, November 6, 2023, the Virginia State Bar Seventh District Subcommittee publicly reprimanded Attorney Peter L. Goldman for violating the Rules of Professional Conduct.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Peter L. Goldman,” with case no. 22-070-125043.
The charges cited Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct 1.15 and 1.16, which states:
Depositing Funds (I) All funds received or held by a lawyer or law firm on behalf of a client or a third party, or held by a lawyer as a fiduciary, other than reimbursement of advances for costs and expenses shall be deposited in one or more identifiable trust accounts.
In any court proceeding, counsel of record shall not withdraw except by leave of court after compliance with notice requirements pursuant to applicable Rules of Court. In any other matter, a lawyer shall continue representation notwithstanding good cause for terminating the representation, when ordered to do so by a tribunal.
The Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.
The reprimand was issued after Goldman failed to file a Motion for Leave to Withdraw as Counsel and failed to comply with the Notice of Removal of Case from the Active Docket issued by the court. According to the Subcommittee Determination, Goldman was hired by Sayle Al Sarhan on June 15, 2018, to represent him in a lawsuit against Nedal Hamdan and Solution Auto, LLC. Goldman filed an Answer to a Counterclaim on June 27, 2018, and propounded discovery upon the opposing party in October 2019. However, he failed to file a Motion for Leave to Withdraw as Counsel after he terminated his representation of Sarhan on February 18, 2022.
The Subcommittee found that Goldman’s conduct violated the Safekeeping Property and the Terminating Representation of the Rules of Professional Conduct. The Subcommittee imposed a Public Reprimand with Terms, which includes a one-year probation period during which Goldman must not engage in any conduct that violates the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct.
Goldman is also required to complete six hours of continuing legal education credits in legal ethics within six months of the service of the Subcommittee Determination. He must certify his compliance with the terms outlined in the determination by delivering a fully and properly executed Virginia MCLE Board Certification of Attendance form to Assistant Bar Counsel, promptly following his attendance of each such CLE program(s).
According to the Virginia State Bar, If Goldman fails to comply with any of the terms, the District Committee shall impose a Certification for Sanction Determination according to the Rules of the Supreme Court of Virginia. Any proceeding initiated due to failure to comply with terms will be considered a new matter, and an administrative fee and costs will be assessed.
According to avvo.com, Mr. Goldman is a litigation attorney in Alexandria, Virginia. He attended the Georgetown University Law Center. He acquired his law license in Virginia in1996.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.