On Thursday, February 1, 2024, attorney Robert Scott Huff resigned from the Washington State Bar Association in lieu of discipline. His resignation follows allegations of misappropriation of client funds and fraudulent misrepresentations to a former client.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Robert Scott Huff,” with case no. 23#00008.

According to documents filed with the Disciplinary Board, in April 2022, Huff was retained by Robin Elms to represent her in a dissolution matter, with an initial fee of $7,500 to be paid from the proceeds of the sale of Elms’ home. Elms’ home sold in August 2022, and Huff received the agreed-upon $7,500 fee. However, the settlement funds were deposited into Huff’s trust account, with Elms entitled to the remaining balance.

The Office of Disciplinary Counsel alleges that between August and December 2022, Huff took at least $8,000 from Elms’ funds in the trust account by transferring money to his business and personal accounts. Huff was not entitled to these funds. It is further alleged that when Elms asked for the balance of her funds in October 2022, Huff stated the balance was $10,500 when it was $5,100.

As part of his resignation, Huff admitted to the alleged misconduct. He agreed to pay $1,500 in expenses, $8,000 in restitution to Elms, and $2,900 to another former client, Rosita Babor. Huff’s resignation is permanent, and any future application for reinstatement would be treated as one submitted by an attorney who was disbarred for ethical misconduct.

According to avvo.com, Mr. Huff was a criminal defense attorney in Bellevue, Washington. He acquired his law license in Washington in 1991.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.