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W.Va. attorney's license annulled

State Supreme Court of Appeals order means Kenneth J. Ford can no longer practice law in W.Va.

April 10, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — An attorney who faces multiple felony charges of false pretense no longer can practice law in West Virginia, according to a state Supreme Court of Appeals order.

The state high court’s March 29 order to annul Kenneth J. Ford’s license came at the recommendation of the hearing panel subcommittee of the Lawyer Disciplinary Board, according to records released Tuesday by the Supreme Court.

The disciplinary board recommended the 37-year-old Baltimore attorney’s license be annulled. It also stipulated that his law practice be supervised for two years and be required to complete 12 hours of continuing legal education in ethics if his license ever was reinstated, according to the order. Ford also was ordered to reimburse the Lawyer Disciplinary Board the cost of its proceeding.

A statement of charges filed in 2011 with the Lawyer Disciplinary Board contains six complaints by individuals who indicated they retained Ford, who was admitted to the State Bar in September 1999, according to court records. 

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In an April 2011 order, the chairperson of the investigative panel of the Lawyer Disciplinary Board said it had found “probable cause exists to formally charge (Ford) with a violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct ...”

Ford was arraigned on Jan. 11 in Berkeley County Circuit Court on allegations that he forged a court order after being paid by former West Virginia University basketball standout Kevin Pittsnogle for legal services that were not provided. He also was charged in March on an additional felony charge of false pretense after allegedly failing to provide legal services to a client who paid him to represent her in a child custody suit in Berkeley County, according to court documents.

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