On Thursday, August 10, 2023, the District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility suspended attorney Robert P. Waldeck for misappropriating client funds and providing clients with inaccurate statements concerning their accounts.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Robert P. Waldeck,” with case no. 21-BD-038.

The charges cited District of Columbia Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 1.3(a), 1.3(b)(1), 1.3(b)(2), 1.3(c), 1.4(a), 1.16(d), and 8.4(d) which states:

Respondent failed to represent a client zealously and diligently within the bounds of the law.

Respondent intentionally failed to seek the lawful objectives of a client through reasonably available means permitted by law and the disciplinary rules.

Respondent intentionally prejudiced or damaged a client during the course of the professional relationship.

Respondent failed to act with reasonable promptness in representing a client.

Respondent failed to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly complied with reasonable requests for information.

Respondent failed to take timely steps to the extent reasonably practicable to protect a client’s interests and failed to return unearned fees.

Respondent engaged in conduct that seriously interfered with the administration of justice.

The Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.

On June 28, 2023, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals Board on Professional Responsibility recommended the disbarment of attorney Robert P. Waldeck for mismanaging client funds and making false statements to his clients regarding their accounts. The initial charge pertained to an overdraft in his IOLTA account, designated for holding client funds. Waldeck failed to maintain complete records, mishandled client funds, and provided false information to clients regarding their monetary matters.

The second allegation revolved around his inappropriate management of a fee payment from a client. He had neglected to segregate the funds, failed to treat them as client assets, and altered the payment arrangement without obtaining the client’s consent.

The third count focused on his deficiency in diligence and communication with a client concerning their case, leading to detrimental impacts on the client’s interests. The fourth count mirrored the third, but with a separate client who experienced a loss of communication and delayed action on their case.

The fifth count centered on his failure to vigorously and promptly represent a client, resulting in the client missing an appeal deadline. The sixth and final count pertained to another client with whom Waldeck ceased communication after voluntarily dismissing the case, without pursuing re-filing or making any advancements.

The report states:

“An Ad Hoc Hearing Committee has concluded that Disciplinary Counsel has proven by clear and convincing evidence that Respondent, Robert P. Waldeck, engaged in at least reckless misappropriation in violation of D.C. Rule 1.15(a), as well as violations ofRu1es 1.3(a), 1.3(c), 1.4(a), 1.5(b), 1.15(b), 1.15(e), 1.16(d), 8.4(c), and 8.4(d), arising from his representation of six different clients.2 The Hearing Committee recommends that Respondent be disbarred.”

Due to the circumstances mentioned above, the District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility ordered the interim suspension of Waldeck from practicing law. This action was a result of a careful consideration of the facts and legal implications surrounding the case.

The order states:

“Waldeck was suspended on an interim basis pursuant to D.C. Bar R. XI, § 9(g), pending final action on the Board on Professional Responsibility’s June 28, 2023, recommendation of disbarment.”

According to Avvo, Mr. Waldeck is an employment and labor attorney in Washington, District of Columbia. He runs his own law firm – Law Firm Robert P Waldeck Pllc. He attended the Catholic University of America, School of Law, graduating in 2004. He is licensed in the District of Columbia, with license no. 494643.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.