CHARLESTON — An attorney removal order was filed in federal court for a former West Virginia attorney whose law license was annulled this year.
"This court has been notified by the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia that the license to practice law in the State of West Virginia of Timothy George Hayes has been annulled by order," wrote U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston, who filed the order.
The clerk was ordered to remove Hayes from the list of attorneys admitted to practice in the district court and a copy was directed to be sent to his last known address in Tazewell, Virginia.
The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals annulled Hayes' law license in March.
On Aug. 27, the Office of Disciplinary Counsel filed a petition seeking annulment of the license to practice law in West Virginia for Hayes. A mitigation hearing was held on Sept. 26.
The Office of Disciplinary Counsel filed an objection to the request for a mitigation hearing, according to the Supreme Court order. On Nov. 13, the Supreme Court received the Hearing Panel Subcommittee of the Lawyer Disciplinary Board's ruling denying the request for a mitigation hearing.
"Having reviewed the Hearing Panel Subcommittee's decision denying the request for a mitigation hearing, the court upholds the Hearing Panel Subcommittee's decision that a mitigation hearing is not warranted in this matter," the order states.
The Supreme Court reviewed the information in the petition seeking the annulment and the pleadings filed in the case and it granted the petition.
"It is therefore ordered that the license to practice law in the State of West Virginia of the respondent, Timothy George Hayes, shall be, and it hereby us, annulled," the order states.
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia case number 2:19-mc-00076