Local attorneys disciplined by State Bar of Texas

Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel takes action

BODA Actions
On May 24, the Board of Disciplinary Appeals dismissed for want of prosecution the appeal of Charles Russell Bomba [#02580499], 62, of San Antonio, from a judgment of partially probated suspension signed on June 22, 2011, by an evidentiary panel of the State Bar of Texas District 10-2 Grievance Committee in Case Nos. A0011012886; S0021023275; and S0021023276. Bomba did not file a brief and the Board issued an order to show cause to Bomba on April 2, giving him 30 days to respond and show cause as to why the appeal should not be dismissed for want of prosecution. Bomba did not respond. BODA Cause No. 49085.

On May 16, Paul Lee Heath [#24030780], 45, of San Antonio, accepted a one-year, fully probated suspension effective June 1. An evidentiary panel of the District 10-1 Grievance Committee found that Heath failed to carry out completely the obligations owed to a client and to return unearned fees.
Heath violated Rules 1.01(b)(2) and 1.15(d). He was ordered to pay $500 in attorney’s fees and expenses.

On June 5, Richard A. Wagner [#20661050], 59, of Bulverde, received a 39-month, partially probated suspension effective July 5, with the first three months actively served and the remainder probated.
The 433rd District Court of Comal County found that Wagner violated Rules 3.01, 3.02, 3.04(d), and 8.04(a)(3) and (a)(8). He was ordered to pay $7,800 in attorney’s fees and expenses.

Public Reprimands
On May 7, Richard F. Briggs [#02986080], 51, of San Antonio, accepted a public reprimand. An evidentiary panel of the District 10 Grievance Committee found that Briggs accepted payments for expenses from a court-appointed client without disclosing to the court the client’s financial ability to pay and failed to return a client file timely.
Briggs violated Rules 1.15(d) and 3.03(a)(2). He agreed to pay $800 in attorney’s fees and direct expenses and $900 in restitution.

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