Today, the Wyoming Supreme Court has issued an order disbarring Michael J. Pearce, a Laramie lawyer, from the practice of law.

Pearce, who is serving a one-year suspension of his license, failed to respond to a formal disciplinary charge which was filed by the Office of Bar Counsel. The charge is related to Pearce's conduct on two matters.

One matter alleged that he forged his client's signatures to a settlement agreement, as well as committing other violations. The other matter alleged that Pearce refused to cooperate with Bar Counsel's investigation of a complaint that was filed by one of Pearce''s other clients.

Following a hearing, in which Pearce admitted to forging his client's signatures and other misconduct, the Board of Professional Responsibility(BPR) recommended Pearce’s disbarment to the Wyoming Supreme Court. In its order approving the BPR’s recommendation and disbarring Pearce, the Court ordered Pearce to pay administrative fees in the amount of $1,500.00 and to reimburse the Wyoming State Bar for costs of the hearing.

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