On December 18, 2023, the Attorney Discipline Board Tri-County Hearing Panel disbarred attorney George D. Gostias for multiple violations of the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of George D. Gostias” with case number: 23-56-GA.

The charges cited Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct specifically rules: 1.1(c), 1.2(a), 1.3, 1.4(a), 1.4(b), 1.16(d), 3.2, 5.5(a), 7.1(a), 8.1(a)(2), 8.4)(b), 9.104(4), 9.104(1), 9.104(2), 9.104(3), 9.104(7), 9.113(A) and (B)(2), 9.104(9), 9.119(A), 9.119(B), 9.119(C), 9.119(E)(2), and 9.119(E)(4).

The Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here. 

The panel found Gostias in default after proceedings were conducted, affirming allegations in a three-count formal complaint. The charges included accepting legal fees to represent a client in a criminal matter despite a 180-day license suspension. Gostias failed to notify his client, abandoned representation, and violated ethical rules concerning diligence, client communication, fee refund, and lawful objectives.

Count Two cited Gostias’s failure to respond to an investigation request, and Count Three highlighted his failure to notify clients and tribunals of his suspension, including misrepresenting his status on social media. The panel found Gostias in violation of multiple Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct, leading to disbarment.

In addition to the disbarment, the panel ordered Gostias to pay restitution totaling $11,950.00, with assessed costs amounting to $1,715.08. Gostias had been under continuous suspension since May 27, 2022, for unrelated disciplinary matters.

According to Avvo, Mr. Gostias was a divorce & separation attorney in Livonia, Michigan. He acquired his law license in Michigan in 2010. 

A copy of the original filing can be found here.