Shenandoah County supervisor has his license suspended

WOODSTOCK, Va. (WHSV) – A member of the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors has had his attorney’s license suspended by the Virginia State Bar.

Brad Pollack will be suspended from practicing law for six months beginning at the end of July. The suspension stems from the mismanagement of payments from several customers.

WHSV spoke to Pollack about the situation on Wednesday.

“It was a fixed sum of money and the mistake was that I was supposed to put it in my trust account before transferring it to my operating account. Instead, I deposited it directly into my operating account, which is a breach of ethics rules and I immediately admitted it,” Pollack said.

Pollack spoke to a bar investigator about the handling of the funds after three customers filed complaints against him that were unrelated to the money. At the Pollack Bar hearing late last week, the bar found the complaints themselves to be unfounded.

“The whole reason people complained, there was no misconduct there. The only thing I’m held accountable for is what I did with my volunteering,” Pollack said.

Pollack admitted he made a mistake with the funds and said he never intended to do anything nefarious.

“It was basically a stupid move, it was just stupid. But nobody got hurt, nobody got hurt and again the underlying complaints were unfounded. So that’s just sort of is what it is,” he said.

Pollack believes part of the reason he received a suspension was due to prior issues he had with the Bar.

“Twenty years ago the bar sued me for defending two mentally handicapped brothers who had been cheated out of their farm in the south county. So that led to some discipline at the time, so because it was on my record, which is why I’m pretty sure I got a suspension this year,” he said.

While suspended, Pollack said he would use the time to focus on his role as supervisor and work on various election campaigns across the county. He said there are 13 elected positions up for grabs in Shenandoah County in 2023, including his seat on the Board of Supervisors.

“I’ve always been known to turn lemons into lemonade and I certainly expect that in this situation. And of course I’m here to help my constituents through the process,” Pollack said. “I’m here to continue to serve. I stood up for people, especially the little guy, and I will continue to do so during this sabbatical.

Pollack’s six-month suspension will take effect July 30.

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