On Wednesday, December 20, 2023, the Disciplinary Counsel filed a complaint before the Ohio Board of Professional Conduct of the Supreme Court of Ohio against Attorney Robert Moore over allegations of misconduct.

The case is titled ‘Disciplinary Counsel v. Robert Lee Morre, Esq.’ with case no. 2023-048.

The cited violations involve Rules 1.3, 1.4(a)(1), 1.4(a)(3), 1.4(a)(4), 1.5(b), 1.16(d), 8.1(a), 8.4(c), and 8.4(d) of the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct which state that:

“A lawyer shall act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client;

A lawyer shall promptly inform the client of any decision circumstance with respect to which the client’s informed consent is required by these rules;

A lawyer shall keep the client reasonably informed of the status of the matter;

A lawyer shall comply as soon as practicable with reasonable requests for information from the client;

A lawyer shall communicate to the client the basis or rate of the fee and expenses for which the client will be responsible, preferably in writing, before or within a reasonable time after commencing the representation;

As part of the termination of representation, a lawyer shall take steps, to the extent reasonably practicable, to protect a client’s interest including delivering to the client all papers and property to which the client is entitled;

A lawyer shall not knowingly make a false statement of material fact in connection with a disciplinary matter;

A lawyer shall not engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation;

A lawyer shall not engage in conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice.”

The Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.

The disciplinary complaint accuses Moore of violating multiple competency, diligence, communication, fees, and honesty rules. Specifically, Attorney Moore is alleged to have misrepresented information to opposing counsel, failed to properly inform and advise a client, and neglected to take basic steps in litigating the case which ultimately led to its dismissal.

According to a complaint, Attorney Moore was retained in mid-2018 by Deanna Bodak to handle her claims arising from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. However, over the next several years, Attorney Moore failed to communicate with Bodak properly, missed important deadlines, provided false information to opposing counsel, and neglected to pursue a settlement on Bodak’s behalf.

The complaint details how Bodak made several attempts between May 2019 and April 2021 to contact Attorney Moore to inquire about the status of her case and any potential settlement. Attorney Moore is alleged to have not responded to many of these messages.

Also, just before the two-year statute of limitations expired in October 2019, Attorney Moore filed a lawsuit on Bodak’s behalf. However, the complaint states that Moore then failed to respond to written discovery requests from the defendant’s insurance company. He also did not inform Bodak that a motion to compel had been granted or that her deposition was scheduled. Attorney Moore allegedly did not inform his client of the deposition until the day prior which resulted in Bodak showing up unprepared for her deposition.

On January 14, 2022, the counsel for the defendant filed a motion for summary judgment. On January 20, 2022, with no response filed by Moore, the court granted summary judgment in favor of the defendant. Bodak did not learn of the dismissal until two months later. When she asked Attorney Moore about an appeal, he falsely told her the deadline had passed. Moore also did not return Bodak’s file upon request.

Attorney Moore now faces potential sanctions if he is found to have committed the violations.

The charge reads:

“Relator requests that respondent be found in violation of the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct and be sanctioned accordingly.”

According to Avvo, Attorney Robert Lee Moore is a speeding and traffic ticket attorney based in Willoughby Hills, Ohio. He attended Cleveland State University and is licensed to practice in Ohio and Pennsylvania. He acquired his license in Ohio in 2006.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.