On Friday, February 16, 2024, Aubrey H. Tobin, a lawyer licensed in Michigan, received a public reprimand from the Tri-County Hearing Panel #51 of the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board. The reprimand stems from Tobin’s representation of two clients in a landlord-tenant dispute.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Aubrey H. Tobin,” with case no. 23-63-GA.

The charges cited Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct 3.4, 8.4(c) and Michigan Court Rules 9.104(1), 9.104(2). 

According to the Notice issued by the Board, Tobin failed to properly notify the opposing counsel and the court that rental payments his clients had been ordered to deposit in an escrow account managed by Tobin were not current. By not communicating this delinquency, Tobin violated rules requiring lawyers to be fair to opposing parties and counsel.

Tobin consented to the disciplinary action. He and the Grievance Administrator filed an agreement that several of the initial allegations against Tobin would be dismissed. The agreement also amended some factual elements and resulted in Tobin not contesting the remaining allegations.

Those uncontested facts deemed Tobin’s actions prejudicial to the administration of justice and damaging to the reputation of the legal profession. Specifically, he was found to have violated ethical guidelines regarding fairness to others involved in a case, engaging in prejudicial behavior, and conduct that could diminish public opinion of lawyers and courts.

As an outcome of the consent agreement, the hearing panel issued Tobin a public reprimand. He was also ordered to pay $812.54 to cover disciplinary costs. The reprimand will now serve as part of Tobin’s permanent record in Michigan.

According to avvo.com, Mr. Tobin is a real estate attorney in West Bloomfield, Michigan. He attended the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, graduating in 1980. He acquired his law license in Michigan in the same year.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.