On Tuesday, September 19, 2023, the State of North Carolina General Court of Justice, Superior Court Division issued a preliminary injunction order against Attorney Brooke M. Crump.
The case is titled ‘The North Carolina State Bar v. Brooke M. Crump’ with case no. 23CV013930-910.
The North Carolina State Bar filed a grievance against Crump in April 2022 based on allegations of mishandling entrusted client funds. The court made several findings of fact, including that the State Bar had initiated an audit of Crump’s trust accounts and found evidence of mishandled funds. Crump had also failed to comply with the State Bar’s investigation and did not respond to any communications or participate in the case. She also did not file any pleadings, or appear at the hearing on the petition.
On October 3, 2022, the Disciplinary Hearing Commission ordered the suspension of Attorney Crump’s law license due to her non-compliance with the grievance process. The State Bar initiated an audit of Ms. Crump’s trust accounts based on the limited documentation provided by her and obtained from Fidelity Bank. The records provided by Crump indicated the mishandling of entrusted funds. On May 19, 2023, Fidelity Bank informed the State Bar that Ms. Crump attempted to move the remaining balance of $7,553.30 from her trust accounts to her personal account.
As a result, the court concluded that Attorney Crump’s conduct violated the North Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct and constituted grounds for discipline. The court determined that immediate action was necessary to preserve the status quo and prevent further mishandling of entrusted funds. Therefore, the court ordered Attorney Brooke M. Crump to be enjoined from receiving or disbursing any entrusted funds and from serving in any fiduciary capacity until further order of the court.
According to Avvo.com, Attorney Brooke M. Crump is a real estate attorney based in Mount Gilead, North Carolina. She attended the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, graduating in 2008. She acquired her license in North Carolina in 2017.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.