Attorney Kevin Mark Wray has been suspended from practicing law for one year and one day by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Board for failing to properly represent seven clients in criminal cases.
Kevin Wray lives in Frazer, but his office is in Media, in Chester County. Wray’s Facebook page states he is a “Pennsylvania Criminal Defense Lawyer,” and he has “been serving the criminally accused in Pennsylvania since 2006.” Wray is in private practice.
On February 3, 2017 the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel filed a Petition for Discipline that named Wray as the Respondent. The Petition was based on Wray’s alleged unprofessional conduct in representing seven clients. Wray’s conduct included: he missed filing deadlines; he failed to appear for trial; he did not tell clients that the appeal in their case had been dismissed; he accepted and spent payment from clients without performing the work he agreed to do; and, he continued accepting payments from a client whose appeal had been dismissed.
Summaries of Wray’s alleged conduct in the seven cases follows:
* “Charge One: Criminal Contempt — The James M. Walters Matter.” Wray failed to appear on March 29, 2016 for the jury trial of a client charged with DUI, without informing his client, the judge, or the prosecution that he would not attend jury selection and the trial. After waiting for hours the judge appointed stand-by counsel to assist Wray’s client, who was found guilty by the jury on March 30. The trial judge initiated a criminal contempt action against Wray. On April 1, 2016 Wray appeared for the contempt hearing and was found guilty of Criminal Contempt. He was sentenced to pay a fine of $1,000 and to reimburse Berks County the $1,5000 legal fee incurred to pay the stand-by counsel provided to Wray’s client. He had 30 days to pay the $2,500. Wray filed an appeal but it was dismissed because of his failure to file a brief. (It isn’t known if he paid the $2,500.) Wray didn’t report his criminal contempt conviction to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel as he was required to do.
* “Charge Two: The Tiffanie Hardy Matter.” Wray failed to appear on September 2, 2015 for the status conference in a child endangerment case in Delaware County, without informing his client, the judge, or the prosecution that he would not attend. The judge ordered Wray removed from the case and appointed another attorney to represent his client.
* “Charge Three: The Anthony A. Williams Matter.” Wray represented a client in 2010 who pled guilty to one count of indecent assault. In 2012 Wray agreed to file an appeal seeking removal of his former client’s classification as a sexual predator that required him to report as a sex offender. Wray accepted $400 for the appeal. Wray filed the notice of appeal in January 2013, but it was dismissed in August 2013 because Wray didn’t file a brief. Wray didn’t communicate with Williams his appeal had been dismissed.
* “Charge Four: The Bruce Scott Mano Matter.” In September 2014 Wray agreed for a flat fee of $3,000 to represent Bruce Mano in appealing his conviction for writing bad checks. Wray filed a notice of appeal. In May 2015, the appeal was dismissed because Wray didn’t file a brief. Wray didn’t tell his client until a year later, in May 2016, that his appeal had been dismissed.
* “Charge Five: The Ideem A. Sales Matter.” In April 2014 a client who paid Wray $3,500 was found guilty after a trial of possession of a controlled substance and illegal possession of a firearm. Wray then agreed to represent Ideem Sales on appeal. Wray filed a notice of appeal in August 2014. The appeal was dismissed in April 2015 because Wray didn’t file a brief. Wray didn’t communicate with Sales his appeal had been dismissed.
* “Charge Six: The Edward J. Sturges Matter.” In December 2013 a client who paid Wray $1,500 was found guilty of DUI: Controlled Substance. After sentencing Wray agreed to represent Edward Sturges on appeal if he paid the $220 filing fee, which he did. In January 2014 Wray filed a notice of appeal. The appeal was dismissed in March 2015 because Wray didn’t file a brief. Wray didn’t communicate with Sturges his appeal had been dismissed.
* “Charge Seven: The Deneen McClelland Matter.”In February 2016 Wray agreed to file an appeal of Deneen McClelland’s theft conviction. Wray filed a notice of appeal. In November 2016 the appeal was dismissed because Wray didn’t file a brief. Wray continued accepting $500 monthly payments from McClelland after her appeal was dismissed, and he didn’t inform her about the dismissal of her appeal.
Wray filed his Answer to the petition on February 24, 2017, in which he admitted to relevant factual allegations.
On April 4, 2017 a prehearing conference was held.
On May 3, 2017 a three-member panel of the Disciplinary Board issued its “Joint Petition In Support Of Discipline On Consent.” The “Joint Petition” stated in part:
113. ODC and Respondent [Wray] jointly recommend that the appropriate discipline for Respondent is a suspension of one year and one day.
115. Respondent hereby consents to the discipline being imposed upon him by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
On July 6, 2017 the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania accepted the recommendation of the Disciplinary Board, and ordered: “Kevin Mark Wray is suspended on consent from the Bar of this Commonwealth for a period of one year and one day.”
Click here to read the “Order” and the “Joint Petition In Support Of Discipline On Consent”: in Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Kevin Mark Wray, No 19 DB 2017 (Sup. Ct. Disciplinary Bd., July 6, 2017).
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Disciplinary Board’s website shows that as of July 12, 2017 the law license for Kevin Wray, ID No. 93860, was “Active.” However, his Discipline History on a different webpage shows his law license is “Suspended.”
Picture: Attorney Kevin Mark Wray (Law Office of Kevin Mark Wray, Facebook.com).