ATLANTA -- H. Lamar Willis, Atlanta City Councilman for Post 3 at large, has been disbarred.
The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled Monday that Willis violated a number of the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct.
His disbarment comes after the Review Panel of the State Bar of
Georgia recommended Willis lose his license to practice law. The panel
decided Willis's claim that depression prevented him from responding to a
formal complaint against him was "not credible."
According to the Supreme Court of Georgia's opinion, Willis pocketed
$30,000 that was supposed to be awarded to a client in a personal injury
suit. That was just one of his many conduct violations, according to
"Having reviewed the record, we agree with the Review Panel that the
facts in this case demonstrate Willis's extreme disregard of his duty to
safeguard the property of a client, which undermines the public trust,"
a Supreme Court Justice wrote in the opinion. "Accordingly, we hereby
order that the name of Henry Lamar Willis be removed from the rolls of
persons entitled to practice law in the State of Georgia."