On Tuesday, December 19, 2023, the Indiana Supreme Court issued an opinion disbarring attorney Marco Antonio Genesis Moreno. The disciplinary action stemmed from grievances filed against Moreno by several former clients.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Marco Antonio Genesis Moreno,” with case no. 22S-DI-413.

The charges cited Indiana Rules of Professional Conduct 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5(a), 1.16(d), 8.1(b)(c)(d), which states:

Failing to provide competent representation.

Failing to act with reasonable diligence and promptness.

Failing to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and respond promptly to reasonable requests for information.

Making an agreement for, charging, or collecting an unreasonable fee.

Failing to protect a client’s interests upon termination of representation.

Failing to timely respond to the Commission’s demands for information.

Engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.

Engaging in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice.

The Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.

According to the facts laid out in the opinion, Moreno effectively abandoned his immigration law practice starting in August 2021, leaving clients unable to contact him regarding their legal matters. He was found to have neglected client cases, failed to complete work he was paid to do, charged unreasonable fees, and made misleading statements to cover up his failures.

One client paid Moreno $5,410 to file paperwork for permanent residency but later discovered Moreno had not submitted any of the documentation as he claimed. Another client paid $5,000 for work on visa applications but Moreno did nothing on the case. The court also detailed instances of Moreno threatening legal action against clients to obtain additional payments after failing to complete work he was previously compensated for.

Moreno did not respond to the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission’s investigations into the 11 grievances filed against him.  The Indiana Supreme Court hearing officer granted a motion for judgment against Moreno based on the misconduct allegations being conclusively established. The unanimous opinion released on December 19, 2023, disbarred Moreno permanently, effectively revoking his privilege to practice law in Indiana.

The Disposition states:

“The Court concludes that Respondent violated the Indiana Rules of Professional Conduct as charged. Respondent already is under suspension orders for serial noncooperation and failure to fulfill his continuing legal education requirements. For Respondent’s professional misconduct, the Court disbars Respondent from the practice of law in this state effective immediately. Respondent shall fulfill all the duties of a disbarred attorney under Admission and Discipline Rule 23(26).”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Moreno is an immigration attorney in Indianapolis, Indiana. He attended the Indiana University School of Law, graduating in 2003. He acquired his law license in Indiana in the same year.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.