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Attorney gets slap on wrist ; 'Still eligible to practice law'

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ELLIS COUNTY - Midlothian Attorney Todd R. Phillippi was found guilty of fraudulent use of identifying information, a state jail felony, by jurors Thursday, Jan. 14.

According to documents obtained from the district clerk’s office, a jury sentenced Phillippi to 730 days in state jail with a $10,000 fine.

Following the jury’s recommendation, Judge Joe Clayton, sitting by assignment in the 40th District Court for Judge Bob Carroll, placed Phillippi on probation for two years and waived the fine.

According to the county, the evidence at trial showed Phillippi forged the signature of an official notary and, without her knowledge, used the notary’s stamp on an affidavit. 

The affidavit was presented to Judge Greg Wilhelm, Ellis County Court at Law 1, to obtain a temporary restraining order.

  Evidence presented during the punishment phase showed that Phillippi also created a false document and presented that document to the 10th Court of Appeals in Waco and to the Ellis County District Clerk. 

The document was related to the appeal of a criminal case in which Phillippi was the defense attorney.

According to Maureen Ray of the Texas State Bar Association, Phillippi is "still eligible to practice law."

Documents show Phillippi had a fully probated suspension in 2003 for one year and was ordered to pay the court $9,519.25.

"There are a number of techniques we can go through, "said Ray answering how to disbar someone.

The early portion of the grievance process is confidential.

Phillippi had "nothing for public posture" shown as of 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan.18 according to Ray.

County and District Attorney Patrick M. Wilson prosecuted the case.

"This type of fraud undermines the integrity of the entire judicial system, and it cannot be tolerated," said Wilson.

Phillippi was previously convicted of driving while under the influence in Ellis County on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010.


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George 01/20/2011 17:29:35
Not yet. Todd has many more charges coming and he will go to prison. He wife, also known for her prostituition arrest in Harris county, has brought him to his downfall. What's the world coming to when you can't marry a hooker without being negatively influence. Should've been the other hooker he is still doin g, but she got all uglied up in a car wreck. His law license is as good as gone, as is his freedom. He cannot show his face is town anymore. Maybe he'll do us all a favor and end it himself, as he threatened to do in court. Prison awaits.
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Patty Boone 03/29/2011 19:21:29
He will get what he deserves. He takes the money and runs. Latest thing is that he got people to let him file their tax returns and then kept all the money. There are at least 8 people who have reported this to the Midlo PD. He is a scumbag.
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Melissa 02/04/2011 21:59:48
What the **** r u smoking??? U obviously r some obsessed crackhead like others. I was NEVER involved n prostitution so go back to ur OWN Shitty life n obsess on me n my husband. Blog when u actually hav som facts..... R just get a life....please
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Patty Boone 03/29/2011 19:19:51
Your thieving husband needs to go ahead and take down his sign....if it takes my last breath I will ensure he loses that law license. He's a thief. Period.
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Patty Boone 03/29/2011 19:18:14
Todd Phillippi took my retainer last May, did not return phone calls or emails, drug his feet for so long that I finally called the county clerks office and my case had been dismissed to inactivity. He said he could fix it after I threatened filing a grievance and went right back to being impossible to locate. After reading he went coo-coo in court in the local paper I contacted the CAAP and was advised on how to request my info. He has not returned my file nor a refund of payment. I have retained another attorney and am in the process of filing a grievance as he sits in county jail where he belongs.
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Barry 09/06/2011 14:04:48
On June 6 2011 the Texas State Bar disbarred Todd and prohibited his practice of law in Texas ever again.
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Alfred Davis 07/09/2014 13:16:51
That's too bad I always liked Todd. Guess he just got Joeyed.
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