D.C. Board on Professional Responsibility Appoints Hamilton P. Fox, III, as Disciplinary Counsel

May 11, 2017



The D.C. Board on Professional Responsibility has appointed Hamilton P. "Phil" Fox, III, as the new Disciplinary Counsel. Mr. Fox will assume his duties on June 7, 2017, following the retirement of Wallace E. "Gene" Shipp, Jr., after almost 37 years of service to the D.C. attorney discipline system.

Mr. Fox joined the Office of Disciplinary Counsel in 2011 as an Assistant Disciplinary Counsel after retiring from Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan, where he had practiced since 1990.

A Yale Law School graduate, Mr. Fox has enjoyed a diverse legal career. He was a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr., a federal prosecutor, a solo/small firm practitioner, and a partner in international law firms.

Mr. Fox has a long affiliation with the D.C. attorney discipline system. He served as a Hearing Committee Member (1986-1988), and later a Member, Vice Chair and Chair of the Board on Professional Responsibility (1988-1996). Mr. Fox has also represented respondents in disciplinary proceedings.

Mr. Fox also has a long history of service to the courts and the Bar. He was a Member and Chair of the Committee on Admissions and Grievances, District of Columbia Circuit (1996-2000), a Member, Vice Chair, and Chair of the D.C. Bar Legal Ethics Committee (2003-2011), a Member of the D.C. Bar Rules of Professional Conduct Review Committee (2009-2011), and a Member of the Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law, D.C. Court of Appeals (2009-2011).

The Board chose Mr. Fox after a nationwide search conducted by legal search firm Major, Lindsey & Africa, which garnered over 100 applicants with diverse expertise from around the country. "I want to thank the other members of the Board who worked to identify a successor to Mr. Shipp from a pool of exceptionally qualified candidates identified through this process," said Robert C. Bernius, Chair of the Board on Professional Responsibility. Mr. Bernius added, that "the Board thanks Mr. Shipp for his years of dedicated service to the attorney discipline system in the District of Columbia."

About the Board on Professional Responsibility: The Board adjudicates cases of attorney misconduct and disability, and administers the attorney discipline system. The nine-member Board is appointed by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, and includes seven attorneys and two members of the public. Board members are unpaid volunteers and are eligible to serve two three-year terms. More information may be found at www.dcattorneydiscipline.org.