Local attorney disbarred for malpractice

ATLANTA (WTVM) - A Columbus attorney has turned in his license and effectively been disbarred in Georgia, for his actions in representing a client.

Georgia Supreme Court online records show James Elkins voluntarily surrendered his license.   The court accepted this last week.

Elkins admitted in papers filed with the court he "failed to keep his client informed" in a civil case.   This included lying to his client, and not telling the client in a timely way that the case had been dismissed.

A state investigation of Elkins's conduct apparently goes back several years.   He was suspended from the bar for 90 days in 2006, and that ruling indicates he had "five prior disciplinaries" from Georgia -- four of them reprimands, the other a letter of admonition.