On Thursday, September 28, 2023, the New Hampshire Supreme Court’s Professional Conduct Committee reprimanded Attorney Barney L. Brannen for violating professional conduct rules in a divorce case.

The case is titled ‘In the Matter of Barney L. Brannen’ with case no. 23-011.

The violations were found to be in violation of Rules 1.2, 3.1, and 8.4(a) of the New Hampshire Rules on Professional Conduct.

The disciplinary matter arose from a self-report submitted by Attorney Brannen on April 12, 2023, in connection with a divorce case he was handling for his client, Jonathan Voegele, a New Hampshire attorney.

After receiving an unfavorable decision from the court, Attorney Brannen discussed with his client the possibility of filing a motion for reconsideration and sought an extension of the filing deadline. Mr. Voegele, the client, offered to prepare a draft of the motion, and Attorney Brannen agreed. Due to time constraints, Attorney Brannen did not have sufficient time to review and edit the draft motion prepared by his client. He filed the motion for reconsideration, which contained problematic statements and arguments not consistent with his own writing style and that did not meet the legal requirements. The opposing counsel filed an objection to the motion and requested sanctions.

Attorney Brannen attempted to rectify the situation by advising his client to file an amended and corrected motion, but the client declined. Brannen subsequently withdrew from the case, and the court denied the motion for reconsideration without considering the request for sanctions.

The Attorney Discipline Office and Attorney Brannen filed a stipulation admitting to certain facts and violations and proposing a reprimand as the sanction. The stipulation includes details about the case and a description of the history of the case. Both parties agree that a reprimand is an appropriate sanction

The Committee has thoroughly reviewed the stipulation and has accepted it in its entirety.

The order reads:

“A Stipulation as to Facts, Violations, and Sanction: Reprimandtogether with an Agreement to Pay Costs of Disciplinary Matter was filed on July 18, 2023.

The Committee has reviewed this Motion and has accepted it.”

According to Lawyer.com, Attorney Brannen is a mass torts, civil rights, personal injury, and accident & injury lawyer. He attended the University of Georgia Law School for his juris doctor degree. He was admitted to the New Hamshire Bar on June 1, 1992.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.