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LESA GAIL BRIDGES
IN SUPREME COURT
KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
OPINION AND ORDER
Pursuant to SCR 3 .480(2), Movant, Lesa Gail Bridges, KBA Number
35335 (suspended), moves this Court to impose a two-year suspension upon
her to resolve the charges contained in KBA File 13168 . Movant was admitted
to the practice of law in Kentucky in 1983 . The KBA has no objection to
Movant's motion . For the reasons set forth herein, we grant her motion.
From 1983 to 1986, Movant lived in Kentucky . In 1986, Movant moved
to Little Rock, Arkansas, and became a member of the Arkansas Bar in 1987 .
That same year, her Kentucky law license was administratively suspended for
non-payment of KBA dues . In 1989, Movant accepted a job as a United States
Assistant Attorney in the U .S . Attorney's Office in Arkansas . However, prior to
accepting that job, she was suspended from the Arkansas bar for failure to pay
that state's bar dues . Movant failed to inform the United States Attorney of her
suspensions in Kentucky or Arkansas . In fact she provided her employer with
several certifications that she was an active member of both bars.
In 2001, the United States Department of Justice began an investigation
into Movant's bar license status . In November 2001, Movant resigned from her
position with the United States Attorney. In 2002, the Department of Justice
finished its investigation which led to Movant surrendering her Arkansas law
license. Movant subsequently moved back to Kentucky in 2004 .
As a result of the Department of Justice investigation, our Inquiry
Commission issued a Complaint alleging violations of: SCR 3 .130-8 .4(c) l (it is
professional misconduct for a lawyer to engage in conduct involving
dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation) ; SCR 3.130-3 .3(a)(1) (a lawyer
shall not knowingly make a false statement of material fact or law to a
tribunal) ; and SCR 3 .130-5 .5(a) (a lawyer shall not practice law in a jurisdiction
in violation of a regulation of the legal profession in that jurisdiction) .
Movant now admits that she
is guilty of these charges and
moves for a
two year suspension from the practice of law . The KBA does not object to
Movant's recommended sanction . We now grant her motion .
1 Movant was originally charged under SCR 3 .130-8 .3(c) . However, this rule was
renumbered to SCR 3.130-8.4(c) by amendment in July 2009 .
Thus it is ORDERED that:
1) Movant, Lesa Gail Bridges, KBA Number 35355, is adjudged guilty of
violating SCR 3 .130-8 .4(c), SCR 3 .130-3 .3(a) and SCR 3 .130-5 .5(a) as charged
in KBA File 13168 ;
2) Movant is suspended from the practice of law in Kentucky for two
years effective from the date of this order;
3) Under SCR 3 .390, Movant must, within ten (10) days from entry of
this Opinion and Order, (a) to the extent possible, cancel and cease any
advertising activities in which she is engaged; and (b) notify all clients, in
writing, of her inability to represent them ; notify all courts in which she has
matter pending of his disbarment from the practice of law; and furnish copies
of said letters of notice to the Director of the Kentucky Bar Association ;
4) In accordance with SCR 3 .450, Movant is directed to pay all costs
associated with these disciplinary proceedings against her, said sum being
$52 .50 for which execution may issue from this Court upon finality of this
Opinion and Order.
All sitting . All concur.
ENTERED : May 19, 2011 .