Fairbanks attorney suspended for Bar Association violations

Posted: Wednesday, September 06, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Attorney Warren A. Taylor II has been suspended by the Alaska Supreme Court for violations of the Alaska Bar Association's rules of professional conduct.

Taylor admitted having a sexual relationship with a client, lying to another and practicing while under administrative suspension.

The records showed 16 rules violations. Taylor's two-year suspension took effect Aug. 11.

''It's basically almost a smorgasbord of violations, that's for sure,'' said Steve Van Goor, the ABA's bar counsel.

Van Goor and his office spent the better part of two years investigating four separate grievances against Taylor, getting little or no response from the attorney until they neared the end of the process.

Taylor at that point admitted the offenses and agreed to sign a stipulation of discipline, which Van Goor described as ''an attorney's equivalent of a plea bargain.''

Taylor is the only Fourth District attorney on suspension. There are roughly 250 attorneys in the Fourth District, which includes Fairbanks and extends from the Canada border to the Southwest Coast near Bethel.

Van Goor said the ABA each year receives about 250 complaints against Fourth District attorneys, roughly 10 percent of the state's lawyer population.

Discipline is imposed in about 5- to 7 percent of those cases, and about 1 percent of the complaints are deemed serious, he said.

Currently, 110 cases are being investigated.

Taylor could have received a suspension lasting anywhere from 60 days to five years. Anything exceeding five years would have resulted in disbarment.

Taylor did not return messages seeking comment left at his home and office by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Taylor's suspension ends in August of 2002. At that point, he can reapply for his license.

''Basically,'' Van Goor said, ''you have a chance to show you have rehabilitated yourself.''

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