On Monday, May 20, 2024, the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission reprimanded attorney Keith W. Turpel.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Keith W. Turpel,” with case no. 24-10-GA.

The charges cited Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct 1.1(b), 1.1(c), 1.2(a), 1.3, 3.3(a)(1), 8.4(a), and 8.4(b)(c) and Michigan Court Rules 9.104(4), 9.104(1), 9.104(2) and 9.104(3). 

According to the notice, Turpel pleaded no contest to the misconduct charges that were brought against him relating to his work as a public defender in Kalamazoo County. Turpel entered into a stipulation with the Grievance Administrator.

The stipulation indicated that Turpel failed to adequately prepare for a felony murder and child abuse case he was assigned to, neglected matters entrusted to him, failed to seek his client’s lawful objectives diligently, and made false statements to a tribunal. He also violated Michigan’s rules of professional conduct regarding dishonesty, conduct prejudicing justice administration, and behavior exposing the legal profession to disrepute.

Based on Turpel’s no-contest plea in the stipulation, Hearing Panel #3 at the Kalamazoo County court found he committed misconduct in violation of several Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct and court rules governing attorney discipline. As a result, the panel issued Turpel a reprimand and ordered him to pay $925.94 in costs. The reprimand became effective on May 18, 2024.

According to avvo.com, Mr. Turpel is a criminal defense attorney in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He acquired his law license in Michigan in 1977. 

A copy of the original filing can be found here.