On Wednesday, February 15, 2023, the Third District, Section III Subcommittee of the Virginia State Bar publicly reprimanded John Paul Gregorio with terms.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of John Paul Gregorio” with case no. 22-033-126066.

The charges cited Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 1.15 (Safekeeping Property).

The case originated when Client G.B. was represented by Respondent in a criminal trespassing case. Respondent deposited $4,150.00 of the $5,000.00 fee paid by the complainant in his operating account instead of his trust account which was said to be a mistake. The relationship between the two soured and the complainant stated that the respondent was not responsive enough which led to the latter cutting ties with the former.

On June 7, 2022, the respondent sent an email to the complainant which contained a summary of charges on the case he was handling and stated that no refund may be made.

The filing states:

On June 15, 2022, Client G.B. terminated Respondent’s representation. The complainant requested a refund. Respondent explained that he “is permitted to be compensated for all work performed on the case at my hourly rate I normally charge.” Respondent further explained that the amount of time he expended on Client G.B.’s case, at his hourly rate, exceeded the $5,000. Thus, there would be no refund.

Respondent then said he was not aware of the specific requirements of the Rule and would have likely caught his mistake in depositing the client’s cash into his operating account, which constitutes misconduct in violation of the provisions of the Rules of Professional Conduct.

The Subcommittee hereby imposes the penalty of Public Reprimand with terms. The terms are as follows:

On or before May 31, 2023, the Respondent shall enroll and attend twelve hours of continuing legal education credits and shall certify his compliance by delivering a fully and properly executed Virginia MCLE Board Certification of Attendance.

On or before May 31, 2023, the same shall read in its entirety Lawyers and Other People’s Money and Legal Ethics Opinion 1606 and shall certify compliance in writing to Bar Counsel not later than 60 days following the date of entry of the orderr.

For a period of one year following the entry of this Order, the court asked the respondent to authorize a Virginia State Bar Investigator to conduct unannounced personal inspections of his account books, records, and bank records and to fully cooperate with the Virginia State Bar Investigator.

As of today, Mr. Gregorio is an owner and a partner at the Insbrook Law Group, PC. He is licensed in Virginia. His info can be found on LinkedIn.

The original copy of the filing can be found here.