On Wednesday, March 6, 2024, the Iowa Supreme Court publicly reprimanded attorney Travis M. Armbrust.

The case is entitled “Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board v. Travis M. Armbrust” with case number 24-0378.

According to the complaint filed by the Attorney Disciplinary Board, Armbrust was removed as counsel in the appellate matter after neglecting to adhere to the required procedures and timelines. Despite being aware that his client did not wish to proceed with the appeal, Armbrust allowed the case to remain stagnant for over three months. Consequently, the court issued an order dismissing the case. During this period, Armbrust received several notices of electronic filing, including an application for an extension of time to file the transcript, two orders, and the court reporter’s response. However, he failed to respond or voluntarily dismiss the appeal, causing unnecessary waste of court resources.

The Iowa Supreme Court found that Armbrust’s actions violated Iowa Rules of Professional Conduct, specifically rules pertaining to diligence, expediting litigation, and conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice. Notably, this was not Armbrust’s first instance of neglect in appellate matters. He had previously been publicly reprimanded in 2021 for similar violations in two separate appeals and a small estate matter.

The disciplinary history of Armbrust played a significant role in determining the recommended sanction by the Attorney Disciplinary Board. As a result, the Iowa Supreme Court decided to issue a public reprimand in this case.

The Disposition states:

“The court orders that the reprimand of Travis M. Armbrust be included in the records of this court as a public document.”

According to Avvo, Mr. Armbrust is a real estate attorney in Sheldon, Iowa. He attended the Drake University Law School. He obtained his law license in Iowa in 2012.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.