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In re Obert

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Date Filed: 07-19-2012
Case #: S059072
Per Curiam
Full Text Opinion: http://www.publications.ojd.state.or.us/Publications/S059072.pdf

Professional Responsibility: A suspension of 6 months from the practice of law is reasonable for the violation of 7 Rules of Professional Conduct stemming from the misappropriation of client funds and failure to provide competent representation.

The Oregon State Bar (Bar) charged the Accused for violating 9 Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC) after he (1) failed to reimburse a client for funds collected without a fee agreement for a matter that was dropped by the State and did not require any work by the Accused; and (2) when he missed a number of important deadlines in a separate civil matter and filed a frivolous appeal. The Bar found the Accused in violation of 8 RCPs and suspended him from the practice of law for 6 months. The Accused appealed to the Supreme Court, which agreed with the Bar on all counts except one, finding that the Accused violated 7 RPCs, but the nature of his violations still warranted a suspension from the practice of law for 6 months.