The Supreme Court of South Carolina
In the Matter of Joseph R. Neal, Jr., Respondent.
On March 6, 2012, respondent was indicted on one count of Rape and one count of Furnishing Alcohol to a Person under Twenty-One in violation of the laws of the State of Georgia. The Office of Disciplinary Counsel has filed a petition asking this Court to place respondent on interim suspension pursuant to Rule 17(a), RLDE, Rule 413, SCACR, and requesting the Court appoint an attorney to protect respondent’s clients’ interests pursuant to Rule 31, RLDE, Rule 413, SCACR.
IT IS ORDERED that respondent’s license to practice law in this state is suspended until further order of the Court.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Angela Christy Tyner, Esquire, is hereby appointed as attorney to protect respondent’s South Carolina clients’ interests. Ms. Tyner shall take action as required by Rule 31, RLDE, Rule 413, SCACR, and as provided by this order, to protect the interests of respondent’s South Carolina clients.
Upon demand, respondent shall deliver all client files which have any nexus in South Carolina to Angela Christy Tyner, Esquire. “Nexus” shall include, but shall not be limited to, any files involving cases pending in any South Carolina local, state, or federal court or which, if filed, would be filed in any of those courts; property, real or personal, situated in South Carolina; any agreements which shall take effect predominately in South Carolina; and any other file in which a substantial part of the matter is carried out in South Carolina.
Respondent is ordered to segregate his law office trust and/or escrow account(s) and forward all funds which have a South Carolina nexus to Angela Christy Tyner, Esquire. Ms. Tyner shall deposit these funds in a separate account and she may make disbursements from the account which are necessary to effectuate this appointment. In addition, respondent shall forward all property belonging to clients and/or related to client matters, bank statements, cancelled checks, disbursement schedules, trust account records, and the like which have a nexus in this state to Ms. Tyner.
Respondent shall promptly forward all mail related to the above matters to Angela Christy Tyner, Esquire.
This appointment shall be for a period of no longer than nine months unless request is made to this Court for an extension.IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/ Jean H. Toal C. J.
FOR THE COURT
Columbia, South Carolina
March 27, 2012