The Idaho Professional Conduct Board has publicly reprimanded attorney Blake S. Atkin based on Utah disciplinary proceedings against him.

According to the board’s order, Atkin received a public reprimand from a Utah court on November 2, 2023, for violating that state’s rule of professional conduct regarding failure to respond to lawful demands for information from authorities. This stemmed from an incident in 2021 where Atkin’s client trust account underwent an overdraft, prompting an investigation from the Utah State Bar’s Office of Professional Conduct (OPC).

The OPC requested Atkin provide records to explain the overdraft, including the involved check, client ledger, and bank statements. Atkin replied with some details but refused to turn over full billing records, citing confidentiality obligations to the client. The OPC informed him exceptions existed under the rules, but Atkin continued objecting and withholding documents during subsequent requests and subpoenas.

This led the OPC to file a complaint against Atkin in December 2022, alleging violations including refusal to cooperate with their probe. During discovery, Atkin finally complied and shared redacted records only after being ordered by the court to do so. In October 2023, Atkin entered a settlement admitting he violated Utah’s rule regarding response to disciplinary authorities.

The parties stipulated Atkin’s refusal stemmed from a mistaken belief his client’s privacy prevented disclosure. As a result of this reciprocal action, the Idaho Conduct Board issued the same public reprimand against Atkin, finding he committed the same infraction under their equivalent professional rule. Atkin remains eligible to practice law, and the reprimand does not impose further limits on his license.

According to avvo.com, Mr. Blake S. Atkin is an attorney in Clifton, Idaho. He attended Brigham Young University – J. Reuben Clark Law School. He acquired his law license in Idaho in 2004.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.