COLUMBIA, SC — A Columbia lawyer has been reprimanded a third time by the S.C. Supreme Court for violating the rules of professional conduct in three cases involving recent disputes with developers.
Eugene Charles Fulton Jr. has received two previous public reprimands, one of which involved the neglect of legal matters, according to documents released Wednesday by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.
Fulton admitted misconduct and consented to the court’s reprimand, the paperwork said.
He is to pay for the investigation and prosecution by the Office of Disciplinary Council and the Commission on Lawyer Conduct within 30 days. He also agreed to complete coursework on legal ethics within nine months.
Between 2009 and 2011, Fulton was hired by homeowners to represent them in disputes with three separate developers. In each instance, the homeowners said they could not reach Fulton for information about their cases, which involved the Stonington subidivion in Blythewood, the Greens subdivision and the Courtyards of Arsenal Hill.
The paperwork said Fulton was suspended from the practice of law for failure to comply with continuing legal education requirements in April 1, 2010, but was reinstated on April 28. He was suspended briefly for the same reason the previous April.
Client were billed during the suspension periods, the reprimand said.