Jess Brandel Johnson, Page Anthony Pate, Pate & Johnson, LLC, 101 Marietta Street, Suite 3300, Atlanta, Georgia 30303, for Appellant. Paula J. Frederick, General Counsel, Jenny K. Mittelman, William Dallas NeSmith, III, Deputy General Counsel, State Bar of Georgia, 104 Marietta Street, N.W., Suite 100, Atlanta, Georgia 30303-2934, for Appellee.
This disciplinary matter is before the Court on the petition of Natasha Simone White (State Bar No. 633108) for voluntary surrender of her license prior to the issuance of a formal complaint, pursuant to Bar Rule 4-227 (b) (2). In her petition, White, who has been a member of the Bar since 2008, states that on July 22, 2019, she entered a plea of guilty in federal court to a felony charge of corruptly obstructing a civil forfeiture case in violation of 18 USC § 1502 (c) (2). White acknowledges that her conviction for a felony constitutes a violation of Rule 8.4 (a) (2) of the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct, which is punishable by disbarment. White thus requests that the Court accept her petition for voluntary surrender of her license, which she acknowledges is tantamount to disbarment. The State Bar has filed a response, recommending that this Court accept the petition.
Having reviewed the petition and response, we agree to accept White’s petition for voluntary surrender of her license, which is tantamount to disbarment. Accordingly, it is hereby ordered that the name of Natasha Simone White be removed from the rolls of persons authorized to practice law in the State of Georgia. White is reminded of her duties pursuant to Bar Rule 4-219 (b).
Voluntary surrender of license accepted.
All the Justices concur.
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