The Supreme Court of South Carolina
In the Matter of Michael James Sarratt, Respondent.
The Office of Disciplinary Counsel asks this Court to place respondent on interim suspension pursuant to Rule 17(b), RLDE, Rule 413, SCACR. The petition also seeks appointment of an attorney to protect the interests of respondent’s clients 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 this Court.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Carlos Johnson, Esquire, is hereby appointed to assume responsibility for respondent’s client files, trust account(s), escrow account(s), operating account(s), and any other law office accounts respondent may maintain. Mr. Johnson shall take action as required by Rule 31, RLDE, Rule 413, SCACR, to protect the interests of respondent’s clients. Mr. Johnson may make disbursements from respondent’s trust account(s), escrow account(s), operating account(s), and any other law office accounts respondent may maintain that are necessary to effectuate this appointment.
This Order, when served on any bank or other financial institution maintaining trust, escrow and/or operating account(s) of respondent, shall serve as an injunction to prevent respondent from making withdrawals from the account(s) and shall further serve as notice to the bank or other financial institution that Carlos Johnson, Esquire, has been duly appointed by this Court.
Finally, this Order, when served on any office of the United States Postal Service, shall serve as notice that Carlos Johnson, Esquire, has been duly appointed by this Court and has the authority to receive respondent’s mail and the authority to direct that respondent’s mail be delivered to Mr. Johnson’s office.
Mr. Johnson’s appointment shall be for a period of no longer than nine months unless an extension of the period of appointment is requested.
s/Jean H. Toal C.J.
s/Donald W. Beatty J.
s/John W. Kittredge J.
s/Kaye G. Hearn J.
Pleicones, J., not participating
Columbia, South Carolina
February 4, 2010