- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 6, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - A prominent Atlanta attorney has surrendered his law license, resolving a State Bar of Georgia ethics investigation that began in 2011.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (https://on-ajc.com/1GsmFbc ) reports that the Georgia Supreme Court on Monday issued an opinion that Tony Axam agreed in 2010 to act as a “paymaster” for a client in which he would receive $5,000 for each transaction he facilitated.

The court said Axam admitted that he violated two State Bar ethics rules: he failed to hold client funds in an account separate from his own personal account and failed to maintain a client trust account. Both of these violations subject a lawyer to disbarment.

Axam’s past clients included civil rights leader and former state Sen. Julian Bond, former NFL linebacker Ray Lewis and civil rights leader Hosea Williams.

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, https://www.ajc.com

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