Bar panel strips Portland lawyer of law license
A legal disciplinary panel has voted to strip Portland lawyer Andrew Long of his license to practice law.
Long, whose full name is Edward Andrew Long, has been facing a long-running disciplinary process despite having been a practicing lawyer in the area for only two years.
The former law school professor had already been suspended by the Oregon State Bar, which regulates lawyers, following various complaints of stalking, witness-tampering and the mishandling of client funds.
Now he faces permanent disbarment in Oregon, and has 30 days to appeal.
Long, who has denied wrongdoing all the way through the process, said in an email that he will appeal. He called the panel's ruling "the triumph of false allegations against an innocent man."
Several women, including former employees and clients, have accused Long of harassment, stalking or worse. Documents indicate he has made personal advances in professional settings and used graphic and threatening language in communications with women, typically by text message.
In an earlier news release, Bar officials warned that "complaints against Long include threats of violence, using his position of authority to attempt to force intimate relationships with clients and employees, failure to accurately account for and protect client funds, the appearance of intoxication at court, failure to comply with remedial bar programs, and frequent substance abuse."
The panel found that more than a dozen disciplinary violations alleged by the Bar in fact constituted violations of the organization's ethical rules. It concluded that "the pattern and extent of [Long's] misconduct shows that he has not, and is not likely to, conform his conduct to the rules demanded of all lawyers ... any sanction short of disbarment will be insufficient to protect the public and the integrity of the profession."
Long said clients and former students would have testified on his behalf and contended the allegations made against him by former clients and employees were false. "The Oregon Supreme Court can correct this wrong, and defend this state's Constitution for all of its hardworking people, by reinstating me as an attorney despite obviously false allegations against me championed by a few wealthy political elite," he wrote. "The Supreme Court will choose between saving face for those elite, and saving the career of an honest attorney."
Long has also denied wrongdoing in a pending prosecution in Multnomah County Circuit Court for allegedly violating a stalking order filed by one of his former employees, along with 15 counts of telephonic harassment.