CloseImage 1 of 1 The 2016 mug shot of former Stamford attorney John J. Evans, who was disbarred this week by a Stamford judge for misconduct. In the case still pending in criminal court, Evans, 61, was charged with using the confidential information of a former employee to open a cable account for his own use. less The 2016 mug shot of former Stamford attorney John J. Evans, who was disbarred this week by a Stamford judge for misconduct. In the case still pending in criminal court, Evans, 61, was charged with using the ... more Photo: Contributed Photo / Former Stamford personal injury attorney disbarred 1 / 1 Back to Gallery
STAMFORD — A suspended personal injury attorney with a long history of disciplinary issues has been disbarred for at least five years.
Judge Charles Lee told former Stamford attorney John Evans, 61, he continuously disregarded the rules and practiced law even though he was suspended.
Evans was accused last year of stealing a former employee’s identity to open a cable account for himself. Evan’s identity theft and larceny charges are still pending on the criminal court docket.
“All of these considerations lead the court to the conclusion that attorney John J. Evans is not fit or safe to practice law at this time,” the judge’s 29-page ruling stated. “The administration of justice and the safety of the public require that he be disbarred from practice.”
The order stated Evan is not eligible to apply for reinstatement for five years. Evans, who lives in Norwalk, has 20 days to appeal Lee’s ruling.
Evans did not immediately return a call for comment.
Evans faced a 12-year disbarment when he first came under judicial scrutiny in 2016.
Evans has five reprimands on his record and his license has been suspended since May 2015.
Beth Baldwin, of the state's Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel, filed a complaint accusing Evans of refusing to pay a court reporting service a debt from 2012 and failing to inform a client she received a $30,000 settlement from 2007. Baldwin also said Evans shorted another client in a different $30,000 settlement from 2009.
Baldwin accused Evans of refusing to reimburse an insurance company all of the money it paid in workers compensation benefits even though he reached a settlement for his client that was four times the amount the insurance company owed.
Baldwin, who is assistant chief disciplinary counsel in the office that investigates improper conduct by attorneys statewide, also said Evans represented himself as a lawyer on two occasions in 2013, despite being suspended.
To reapply for his license, Evans will be required to take the bar examination again and comply with all discipline orders or rules regarding restrictions on deactivated attorneys as well as supply his trust fund records so they can be audited.
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