Ore. attorney suspended 4 months for ethics

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon State Bar has suspended a Salem attorney and real estate developer for four months after he admitted ethics violations and using client money before it was earned.

The Statesman Journal reports that attorney Kevin Lafky will begin his suspension in August after an investigation into his accounting and business dealings.

Lafky said he settled to avoid a lengthy court battle and fees.

A complaint filed in April 2010 accused Lafky of taking money from a trust fund to help cover expenses at his law firm, withdrawing client money that he had not yet earned through legal work, and improperly entering into a business deal with a client.

Lafky said no client lost money, and that an audit found his actions were appropriate.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com