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Ga. Dem chair Berlon gets State Bar reprimand



May 21, 2013 — The Georgia Supreme Court today signed off on a reprimand for state Democratic Party chair Mike Berlon for his inaction in a child-custody case.

Mike Berlon

Mike Berlon

A special master found that Berlon failed to file a change of custody petition on behalf of a client whom he had represented for several years in child-support matters. The client confronted the Gwinnett County attorney after discovering at a court appearance that the petition had never been filed.

In its unanimous decision, the Supreme Court said the special master also found that Berlon had paid $2,500 of the same client’s money to a private investigator without the client’s permission. Berlon later refunded the money to the client.

The matter has been pending since 2005, Berlon said today. “We’re just bringing everything to a resolution,” he said. “This has been going on for a long, long time and it’s nice to get it resolved.”

Berlon could have faced disbarment, the high court noted, but received the lighter penalty partly due to his return of the $2,500 and his lack of prior disciplinary actions. His law license — suspended April 29 for failing to respond fully to the bar’s investigation — should be restored in a day or two once the proper paperwork has been signed.

The court approved a review panel reprimand for Berlon — one step below a public reprimand, which is delivered in public by a Superior Court judge, in the State Bar’s levels of discipline.







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One Response to “Ga. Dem chair Berlon gets State Bar reprimand”

  1. E. Denise Caldon says:

    While the State Bar reprimand against Ga. Dem Chair Berlon has been pending since 2005, necessary documentation is now being prepared in a new State Bar Complaint which will include The Georgia Department of Law – in particular, Attorney General Sam Olens and Assistant Attorney General Stefan Ritter – and J. Burnes Newsome, Vice Chancellor of Legal Affairs at the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, et al.

    The State Bar Complaint will detail unquestionable violations of State Bar Codes with the filing of four “Responses in Opposition” by Attorney General Sam Olens to seal confirmed fraudulent and criminal practices by his Defendants – top officials at the State’s higher education system at the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia – violations initially reported to the BOR in October 2008.

    Among the State Bar Code violations is OCGA 16-10-20, which states:
    “A person who knowingly and willfully falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact; makes a false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or makes or uses any false writing or document, knowing the same to contain any false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry, in any matter within the jurisdiction of any department or agency of state government or of the government of any county, city, or other political subdivision of this state shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine of not more than $1,000.00 or by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than five years, or both.”

    On behalf of USG faculty, staff and students statewide, I will offer copies in my possession of all the sealed documents to the Investigative Team of the State Bar in the official complaint with the State Bar’s request.
    Georgia Whistleblower Protection Act Case
    Office of the President of USG College 1993 – 2008
    Fulton County Superior Court – 2009-CV-165267