CHARLESTON – A former Charleston attorney who lost his license to practice law is seeking to have his license reinstated.
L. Dante DiTrapano had his law license revoked as a result of criminal charges against him, including forging a signature for a loan from United Bank and a federal drug and weapons charge.
The State Bar's Office of Disciplinary Counsel petitioned for DiTrapano's suspension in June 2006 and the state Supreme Court decided to suspend his law license in September 2006. The order was entered on May 10, 2007. DiTrapano's license to practice law was also annulled in George in November 2008.
DiTrapano is claiming his previous drug problems are over and, according to state Office of Disciplinary Counsel Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Procedure, "after the expiration of five years from the date of disbarment, a person whose license to practice law has been or shall be annulled in this state...may file a verified petition in the Supreme Court of Appeals..."
DiTrapano represented former Marshall University football player and current San Francisco wide receiver Randy Moss until Moss fired him in 2006, shortly after DiTrapano's Florida drug arrest the night before he was to enter a drug rehabilitation program.
A month after the Florida arrest, police searched DiTrapano's home in Charleston, where they found several guns, ammunition and drug paraphernalia. DiTrapano pleaded guilty in July 2006 to the charge that he was a drug addict in possession of firearms.
In September 2006, DiTrapano's bond was revoked after he tested positive for cocaine and for violating his home confinement terms.
In 2007, DiTrapano was sentenced to 24 months in prison for violating the terms of his supervised release.
In 2009, DiTrapano plead guilty to forging a signature for a $500,000 loan from United Bank.
Currently, DiTrapano is working as a paralegal for Charleston attorney Stuart Calwell.