On Thursday, February 22, 2024, the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board issued a notice of reprimand and order of restitution against attorney Richard G. Kessler for violations of professional conduct rules.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Richard G. Kessler,” with case no. 23-66-GA.

The charges cited Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct 1.3, and 1.4(a), which state:

Failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client.

Failed to adequately keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and comply promptly with reasonable requests for information.

The Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.

According to the notice, Kessler received a public reprimand for his handling of two immigration client matters. Kessler entered a no-contest plea to allegations that he failed to act with reasonable diligence for one client and failed to adequately communicate with another client about the status of an immigration matter.

The notice states that Kessler and the Grievance Administrator filed a consent agreement resolving the allegations, which was approved by the Attorney Grievance Commission and a hearing panel. As part of the agreement, several allegations were dismissed while others were admitted. The panel found Kessler in violation of Michigan rules requiring diligent and prompt representation of clients as well as keeping clients reasonably informed.

Consistent with his consent agreement, Kessler was issued a public reprimand by the panel and ordered to pay a total of $15,130 in restitution to damaged parties. He was also ordered to pay costs associated with the disciplinary proceeding of $759.97. The disciplinary action was made effective as of February 15, 2024.

According to avvo.com, Mr. Kessler is an immigration attorney in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He attended the University of Michigan Law School, graduating in 1982. He acquired his law license in Michigan in the same year.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.