On Monday, December 19, 2022, the Supreme Court of the State of Oklahoma approved the application for the resignation of Edmond attorney David Hadley Bower.

The case is styled ‘State of Oklahoma, ex rel. Oklahoma Bar Association v. David Hadley Bower’ with Case No. SCBD No 7354.

The charges cited Rules 1.3, 1.4, 8.1(b), and 8.4(c) of the Oklahoma Rules of Professional Conduct.

The Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.

The Oklahoma Bar Association (OB) submitted to the court an application to approve the resignation of David Hadley Bower from membership in the state bar. Bower wished to resign amid pending four separate counts of misconduct.

In all four counts, Bower was alleged to have failed to communicate adequately with his clients regarding the status of their respective cases. In addition, Bower failed to diligently represent the interests of his clients. He also failed to a lawful demand for information from the disciplinary authority.

The filing states:

‘Respondent has submitted his voluntary resignation from the OBA by complying with Rule 8.1 and Rule 8.2 of the RGDP. Respondent’s affidavit of resignation reflects that i) it was freely and voluntarily rendered; ii) he was not subject to coercion or duress; and iii) he was fully aware of the consequences of submitting his resignation. Respondent intends the effective date of his resignation to be the date and time of the execution of his affidavit of resignation.’

The filing continues:

‘Respondent acknowledged and agreed that he may be reinstated to the practice of law only upon full compliance with the conditions and procedures, prescribed by the RGDP, and that he may make no application for reinstatement prior to the expiration of five (5) years from the effective date of this Order.’

Accordingly, the Court ruled in favor of Bower and granted his petition for resignation.

The Disposition states:

“IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED that this Court approves Respondent David Hadley Bower’s resignation pending discipline. The Court further orders David Hadley Bower’s name to be stricken from the Oklahoma roll of attorneys. Because resignation pending disciplinary proceedings is tantamount to disbarment, Respondent may not submit an application for reinstatement prior to the expiration of five (5) years from the date of this order. . .”

Bower is further ordered to pay costs of $695.15 to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days of the date of the order.

Prior to his resignation, Mr. Bower practiced in Edmond, Oklahoma. He had been licensed in Oklahoma.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.