Myrtle Beach lawyer Brunty placed on interim suspension

The state Supreme Court placed Myrtle Beach lawyer Mark Andrew Brunty on interim suspension this week pending a further inquiry by the S.C. Office of Disciplinary Counsel, according to a court order.

Brunty’s license to practice law is suspended until further notice of the court, according to the order. Brunty could not be reached for comment Friday. A telephone message at Brunty’s office at 5001 N. Kings Highway stated that he will be out of the office until Monday.

The court order does not specify why Brunty has been suspended, although the suspension falls under rule 17-b of the state’s Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement. Rule 17-b states that “upon receipt of sufficient evidence demonstrating that a lawyer poses a substantial threat of serious harm to the public or to the administration of justice, the Supreme Court may suspend the lawyer or transfer the lawyer to incapacity inactive status.”

Surfside Beach lawyer Elizabeth Jean Saraniti has been appointed to protect the interests of Brunty’s clients and to assume responsibility for Brunty’s client files, trust accounts, escrow accounts and operating accounts. Saraniti’s appointment will last no longer than nine months unless an extension is requested, according to the court order.

Brunty, a graduate of the University of South Carolina law school, was admitted to the state bar in 2000. He has had no previous disciplinary actions.