Rehoboth Beach attorney Michael Carr has been disbarred for failing to maintain his firm’s books and safeguard client trust funds.
The Delaware Supreme Court ordered Carr's disbarment, while the Court of Chancery has ordered his office to repay the Internal Revenue Service $11,000, pay $4,500 to former employees for past due wages, pay $1,050 to the law firm of Stumpf, Vickers and Sandy for postage fees and pay $2,275 to the Delaware Unemployment Compensation Fund.
Carr had been suspended in December for engaging in professional misconduct and posing a significant threat of harm to the public and the orderly administration of justice. Carr was accused of failing to maintain his firm’s books, misrepresentations on his annual registration statements and certificates of compliance and failing to pay state and federal taxes.
Carr, who maintained an office on Route 1 in Rehoboth, was ordered to stop practicing law and barred from having contact with clients or share in any legal fees earned during the suspension.
Attorney Brian Dolan of the Georgetown firm Stumpf, Vickers and Sandy was appointed receiver of Carr’s law practice and has been responsible for protecting Carr’s clients’ interests, court documents say.
Carr was one of 16 attorneys with clients in the $123 million class-action civil lawsuit against convicted pedophile Earl Bradley, Beebe Medical Center, the Medical Society of Delaware and four doctors.
Carr’s attorney, Charles Slanina, did not return a request for comment.