The Fifth District Section I Subcommittee of the Virginia State Bar issued a Public Reprimand with Terms in December 2023 against attorney Adam Turner Kronfeld.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Adam Turner Kronfeld,” with case no. 23-051-128718 and 22-051-125097.

The charges cited Virginia Rules of Professional Conduct 1.3, 1.4, 3.4, 8.4  which states:

A lawyer shall act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client.

A lawyer shall not intentionally fail to carry out a contract of employment entered into with a client for professional services but may withdraw as permitted under Rule 1.16.

A lawyer shall not intentionally prejudice or damage a client during the course of the professional relationship, except as required or permitted under Rule 1.6 and Rule 3.3.

A lawyer shall keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information.

A lawyer shall explain a matter to the extent reasonably necessary to permit the client to make informed decisions regarding the representation.

A lawyer shall inform the client of facts pertinent to the matter and of communications from another party that may significantly affect the settlement or resolution of the matter.

A lawyer shall not knowingly disobey or advise a client to disregard a standing rule or a ruling of a tribunal made in the course of a proceeding, but the lawyer may take steps, in good faith, to test the validity of such rule or ruling.

A lawyer shall not make a frivolous discovery request or fail to make a reasonably diligent effort to comply with a legally proper discovery request by an opposing party.

It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation which reflects adversely on the lawyer’s fitness to practice law.

The Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.

The disciplinary action stems from Kronfeld’s handling of two client matters in 2021 and 2022. In the first case, Kronfeld represented a client in a child custody matter but failed to timely file discovery responses. The delays resulted in a $3,378 judgment against his client for discovery violations. Kronfeld admitted to the State Bar that he did not prioritize filing the responses in a timely manner.

In the second case, Kronfeld represented a client in a legal malpractice lawsuit and a related fee dispute starting on January 7, 2021. However, Kronfeld neglected to inform his client about pending motions, court hearings, court orders assessing monetary sanctions against the client that Kronfeld paid, and the dismissal of the malpractice suit due to discovery failures. He also failed to timely respond to discovery requests in both the fee dispute case and the malpractice lawsuit.

Following a disciplinary hearing on December 7, 2023, the Subcommittee determined that Kronfeld violated state bar rules regarding diligence, communication with clients, fairness to opposing parties, and misconduct. As part of the public reprimand, Kronfeld must complete nine hours of legal ethics education by October 2024, participate in an evaluation through the Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program, and avoid any further disciplinary violations for three years.

According to avvo.com, Mr. Kronfeld is a divorce and separation attorney in Fairfax, Virginia. He attended the George Mason University School of Law, graduating in 2005. He acquired his law license in Virginia in the same year.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.