The Supreme Court of South Carolina
In the Matter of
Christopher E. Wyatt, Respondent,
Opinion No. 24969
Submitted June 29, 1999 - Filed July 12, 1999
John P. Freeman, of Columbia, for respondent.
Henry B. Richardson, Jr., of Columbia, for the
Office of the Disciplinary Counsel.
PER CURIAM: In this attorney disciplinary matter, respondent
and Disciplinary Counsel have entered into an agreement under Rule 21,
RLDE, RULE 413, SCACR. In the agreement, respondent admits
misconduct and consents to a public reprimand. We accept the agreement.
Respondent's membership in the South Carolina Bar was
suspended for failure to satisfy the minimum, mandatory continuing legal
education requirements for the year 1997. Respondent was duly notified of
Thereafter, respondent engaged in the practice of law prior to
being reinstated as a member in good standing of the South Carolina Bar
when he organized a corporation for a client. However, in response to initial
inquiries by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel regarding such activity,
respondent represented that he had not engaged in the practice of law while
under suspension, a representation which was incorrect.
Respondent admits that by his actions, he has committed
misconduct under Rule 7(a)(1), (5), and (7), RLDE, by specifically violating
Rules 3.3, 8.1(a), 8.4(a), (d), and (e), of the Rules of Professional Conduct,
Rule 407, SCACR. In our opinion, respondent's misconduct warrants a
public reprimand. Accordingly, respondent is hereby publicly reprimanded
for his misconduct.
Columbia, South Carolina