On Tuesday, November 28, 2023, the North Carolina State Bar obtained a preliminary injunction against attorney Julie Parker that restricts her ability to handle client and fiduciary funds until further order of the court.

The case is titled ‘The North Carolina State Bar v. Julie A. Parker’ with case no. 23CVS33217-910.

The grievance pertains to alleged trust account infractions committed by Attorney Parker that reportedly breach Rule 1.15-1(s) of the North Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct regarding the proper handling of client funds.

The North Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.

According to court filings, the State Bar received information indicating Parker may have mishandled entrusted client funds in her trust accounts at BB&T Bank, now Truist. Attorney Parker maintained two trust accounts – one ending in 5190 from June 2019 to July 2020, and another ending in 5875 from November 2019 to present. She also had an operating account at the bank.

While Attorney Parker did not admit to any wrongdoing, she consented to the preliminary injunction to cooperate with the State Bar’s investigation. Judge Paul Ridgeway of Wake County Superior Court issued the consent order based on the agreement between the State Bar and Attorney Parker.

The order prohibits Attorney Parker from receiving, disbursing, or withdrawing any client or fiduciary funds from accounts until permitted by the court. It requires Attorney Parker to produce all financial records and client files requested by the State Bar to assist in their audit of her trust accounts and review of her cases. Attorney Parker must also provide any monthly or quarterly reconciliation reports for her trust accounts as required by the Rules of Professional Conduct.

Additionally, the injunction prevents Parker from serving in any fiduciary roles such as trustee, executor, or power of attorney. She cannot ask employees or agents to handle funds in covered accounts either. The restrictions will remain in place pending further action by the court.

The consent order is the outcome of a petition filed by the State Bar against Parker under their authority to regulate attorney conduct in North Carolina. The case is aimed at ensuring no further client funds are mishandled as the investigation into Parker’s accounts and cases continues.

According to Avvo, Attorney Julie A. Parker is a residential real estate attorney based in Cedar Point, North Carolina. She acquired her license to practice in the state in 2018.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.