We agree with the special master and review panel that Robinson's conduct mandates disbarment, both because of the severity of the infractions and because of further aggravating circumstances in this case. This sanction is consistent with that specifically authorized by the Standards, 4
with the recommendation of the American Bar Association's Standards for Imposing Lawyer Sanctions, 5
as well as our decisions in similar disciplinary matters. 6
We note the additional aggravating factors in this case including Robinson's dishonest motive, his refusal to acknowledge the wrongful nature of his conduct, the vulnerability of the victim, and Robinson's substantial experience in the practice of law. 7
We find no merit to Robinson's challenges to the underlying proceedings and arguments that alleged defects invalidate the entire disciplinary proceeding against him. 8
Nor do we find merit to Robinson's defenses regarding alleged misconduct by the review panel or the State Bar.
For the foregoing reasons, it is hereby ordered that Willie E. Robinson be disbarred from the practice of law in the State of Georgia. It is further ordered that Willie E. Robinson immediately cease the practice of law, and, within the time provided, certify to this Court that he has taken all actions necessary to protect the interests of his clients and that he has satisfied all the requirements of Bar Rule 4-219 (c).
for trust property," and "[n]o funds shall be withdrawn from . . . [a] trust account for the personal use of the lawyer maintaining the account. . . ."