Deairich "Dee" Hunter, who ran for an at-large seat on the D.C. Council in November, has surrendered his bar license in Washington.
According to a report sent to the D.C. Court of Appeals by the Board on Professional Responsibility on Friday, Hunter consented to disbarment on March 30.
Hunter, a longtime community activist and former aide to council member David Catania and former council member William Lightfoot, was accused of violating a number of ethical rules last year. Among those were committing criminal acts (forgery and theft), misappropriating funds, failing to maintain complete and accurate financial records, and “engaging in conduct that involved dishonesty, fraud, deceit and/or misrepresentation.”
In a specification of charges made public on Sept. 8, the D.C. Office of Bar Counsel accused Hunter of improperly handling settlement proceeds in three separate personal injury cases. In two of those cases, Hunter allegedly entered into settlement agreements without his clients’ knowledge, signed his clients’ names on the settlement checks, and then kept the proceeds.
Hunter, who owns Hunter Law Offices, has been a member of the D.C. Bar since 1998 and also holds a license in Maryland. When Legal Times spoke to Hunter in September when the charges were made public, he denied any wrongdoing.
“These allegations are completely, absolutely, 100 percent untrue,” Hunter said at the time. Hunter declined discuss the bar counsel’s specific charges, saying only that when dealing with a heavy caseload, “sometimes things fall through the cracks.”
Hunter went on to lose the council election to Michael Brown.
He has not returned voicemails left at his law office for further comment.