On Monday, December 11, 2023, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board approved a six-month suspension of William Hale Thompson Jr.’s law license. This action stems from Thompson’s failure to meet the terms outlined in a previous disciplinary matter.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of William Hale Thompson Jr.,” with case no. 23-000-130322.
On October 18, 2022, Thompson entered into an Agreed Disposition with the Virginia State Bar which imposed a public reprimand with terms. One term required Thompson to complete six hours of continuing legal education credits in trust accounting and law office management by one year from the agreement. Another term mandated that Thompson engage an accountant to review his trust account practices and procedures within 30 days to ensure compliance with Rule 1.15 of the Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct on client fund handling.
The parties agreed that as of December 6, 2023, Thompson had not submitted verification of completing the required continuing education credits. While Thompson engaged Earl Peek, CPA to review his accounting, Peek determined on July 13, 2022, that Thompson was not in compliance with Rule 1.15. Peek terminated his services for Thompson in August 2023. Thompson also acknowledged at the December 11 hearing that he does not currently have an accountant engaged, and has not met the terms of the original agreement.
Given Thompson’s failure to comply with the terms outlined in the 2022 Agreed Disposition, both Thompson and Bar Counsel proposed a six-month suspension to the Disciplinary Board as the appropriate sanction. The Board approved the six-month suspension in their December 11, 2023 Memorandum Order, making the suspension effective January 1, 2024.
The Disposition states:
“It is ORDERED that the Disciplinary Board accepts the Agreed Disposition, and the Respondent shall receive a six-month suspension, as set forth in the Agreed Disposition, which is attached and incorporated in this Memorandum Order.”
According to avvo.com, Ms. Thompson is an attorney in Arlington, Virginia. He acquired his law license in Virginia in 1992.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.