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Resigned in Lieu of Discipline
Sally N. Rees (WSBA No. 17720, admitted
1988), of Olympia, resigned in lieu of discipline, effective 9/22/2015. The lawyer agrees
that she is aware of the alleged misconduct
in disciplinary counsel’s Statement of Alleged
Misconduct and rather than defend against
the allegations, she wishes to permanently
resign from membership in the Association. The Statement of Alleged Misconduct
reflects the following violations of the Rules
of Professional Conduct: 8. 4(c) Dishonesty,
Fraud, Deceit or Misrepresentation. Erica
Temple acted as disciplinary counsel. Sally N.
Rees represented herself. The online version
of NWLawyer contains a link to the following
document: Resignation Form of Sally N. Rees
(ELC 9. 3(b)).
Edward A. Ritter II (WSBA No. 34499, ad-
mitted 2003), of Mill Creek, was suspended
for three years, effective 9/11/2015, by
order of the Washington Supreme Court.
The lawyer’s conduct violated the follow-
ing Rules of Professional Conduct: 1.15A
(Safeguarding Property), 1.15B (Required
Trust Account Records), 8. 1 (Bar Admission
and Disciplinary Matters), 8. 4(b) Criminal
Act, 8. 4(c) Dishonesty, Fraud, Deceit or
Misrepresentation, 8. 4(l) ELC violation. Erica
Temple acted as disciplinary counsel. Peter
Ehrlichman and Amy Sterner Nelson acted
as special disciplinary counsel. David Allen
represented Respondent. Noah Christian
Davis was the hearing officer. Joseph Nappi
Jr. was the settlement hearing officer. The
online version of NWLawyer contains links to
the following documents: Disciplinary Board
Order Approving Stipulation; Stipulation
to Suspension; and Washington Supreme
Todd M. Gruenhagen (WSBA No. 12340,
admitted 1982), of Seattle, was ordered to
receive an admonition, effective 6/18/2015,
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by order of the hearing officer. The lawyer’s
conduct violated the following Rules of
Professional Conduct: 8. 4(l) ELC violation.
M. Craig Bray acted as disciplinary counsel.
Todd M. Gruenhagen represented himself.
James D. Hicks was the hearing officer. John H.
Loeffler was the settlement hearing officer.
The online version of NWLawyer contains
links to the following documents: Order on
Stipulation to Admonition; Stipulation to
Admonition; and Admonition.
Transferred to Disability Inactive
Matthew A. Miller (WSBA No. 28197, admitted 1998), of Seattle, was by stipulation
transferred to disability inactive status,
effective 9/29/2015. This is not a disciplinary action.
Carrie J. Molenda ( WSBA No. 13196, admitted
1983), of Bellevue, was by stipulation transferred to disability inactive status, effective
9/29/2015. This is not a disciplinary action.