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In re Lebar

District of Columbia Court of Appeals


December 23, 1999

IN RE: GEOFFREY P. LEBAR, RESPONDENT.

Before Farrell, Reid, and Washington, Associate Judges.

A Member of the Bar of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals On Report and Recommendation of the Board on Professional Responsibility

Submitted October 19, 1999

Per Curiam: In this reciprocal discipline case, the District of Columbia Board of Professional Responsibility (D.C. Board) recommends that respondent Geoffrey P. Lebar be disbarred based on his July 1, 1997 disbarrment by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Respondent's New Jersey disbarrment resulted from his improperly disbursing funds to himself from deposits in real estate transactions on three separate occasions. The Supreme Court of New Jersey in adopting the findings of the New Jersey Disciplinary Review Board (New Jersey Board) ordered that the Respondent be permanently disbarred for his knowing misappropriation of client funds and for conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation. The D.C. Board recommended that the Respondent be disbarred with the right to apply for reinstatement after five years because the disciplinary rules of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals do not include the sanction of permanent disbarrment. Respondent did not timely file an opposition to the D.C. Board's report and recommendation. *fn1

Bar Counsel has informed this court that he takes no exception to the Board's report and recommendation. Aside from the correspondence received by the D.C. Board and noted in this opinion, respondent has not filed any formal opposition to the Board's report and recommendation. Given the limited scope of our review and recognizing that permanent disbarrment exceeds the range of disciplinary sanction which this court may impose upon Respondent, we adopt the Board's recommendation. See In re Goldsborough, 654 A.2d 1285 (D.C. 1995); In re Bendet, 719 A.2d 1243 (D.C. 1998). Accordingly, it is

ORDERED that Geoffrey P. Lebar be, and hereby is, disbarred with the right to apply for reinstatement after five years.

So ordered.


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