On Wednesday, June 7, 2023, the Supreme Court of Tennessee at Nashville disbarred attorney Robert R. Rexrode for her unauthorized practice of law. The case is entitled “In the matter of Robert R. Rexrode” with case no. M2023-00718-SC-BAR-BP.

The case involving attorney Robert R. Rexrode has reached a significant juncture as it comes before the Florida Supreme Court. The proceedings began with a petition for discipline filed against Rexrode on March 2, 2022. Subsequently, the Board of Professional Responsibility filed a motion for default judgment, requesting that the charges in the petition for discipline be deemed admitted. The hearing panel issued an order for default judgment on September 6, 2022, after serving the said order on Rexrode on the same date.

On January 18, 2023, the hearing panel entered findings of fact, conclusions of law, and judgment. Rexrode was served with these findings and judgment by the executive secretary of the board on January 18, 2023. The board then applied for an assessment of costs, which was entered on January 27, 2023. The hearing panel subsequently issued findings and judgment for assessment of costs on March 9, 2023, and Rexrode received these documents from the executive secretary of the board on the same day.

Allegedly, the respondent was involved in the unauthorized practice of law in West Virginia for his unauthorized practice of law in West Virginia and was asked to provide a response and summary of the nature and extent of his work in West Virginia, the respondent provided a response and claimed his license in Tennessee was put on “Suspended/Disabled” status following a heart attack in May 2013 and he was currently working as the Executive Director of a prison ministry and aids inmates. Rexrode further provided, in the response to the West Virginia Bar, that his ministry “enjoys the friendship and support of other retired attorneys, as I am.”

The filing states:

“Mr. Rey-rode’s order of Summary Suslmsion entered in 2016 was in full force and effect in 2019 and beyond, prohibiting the practice Of law. At no time during the events described herein did Mr. his administrative suspensions of his Tennessee license law license that began in 2016 and, at all times relevant hereto, Mr. Rexmde’s Tennessee license suspended for failure to comply with Continuing Legal Education requirements and failure to pay bar dues. Mr. Rexrode’s law license was never on disability status in the State of Tennessee, and Mr. Rexrode never applied for disability status in Tennessee. Additionally, it is factually concluded that the events that gave rise to this Disciplinary proceeding for actions taken by Mr. Rexrode in West Virginia, Mr. Rexrode also has knowingly failed to participate in this disciplinary proceeding.”

The filing further states:

“We find by a”enjoys the friendship support Of Other retired attorneys, as I am”. Mr. Rey-rode’s Order Of Summary Suslmsion entered in 2016 was in full force and effect in 2019 and beyond, prohibiting the practice Of law. At no time during the events described herein did Mr. his administrative suspensions of his Tennessee license law license that began in 2016 and, at all times relevant hereto, Mr. Rexmde’s Tennessee license suspended for failure to comply with Continuing Legal Education requirements and failure to pay bar dues. Mr. Rexrode’s law license was never on disability status in the State of Tennessee, and Mr. Rexrode never applied for disability status in Tennessee. Additionally, it is factually concluded that the events that gave rise to this Disciplinary proceeding for actions taken by Mr. Rexrode in West Virginia, Mr. Rexrode also has knowingly failed to participate in this disciplinary proceeding.”

After careful consideration and approval by the board on March 10, 2023, the hearing panel’s order was adopted, leading to the ultimate decision of permanent disbarment. Rexrode neither requested nor was granted reinstatement, which further exacerbated the gravity of the situation.

The Florida Supreme Court, taking into account the entirety of the record and proceedings, has approved the findings of fact, conclusions of law, and judgment issued by the hearing panel, leading to the order of permanent disbarment. This culmination of events underscores the severity of the disciplinary actions against Rexrode and serves as a reminder of the consequences of professional misconduct within the legal profession.

The Disposition states:

“It is therefore, considered, ordered, adjudged, and decreed by the court that:(1) Mr. Rexrode is permanently disbarred from the practice of law pursuant to Tenn. Sup. Ct., R. 9 § 12.1. (2) Mr. Rexrode shall comply in all aspects with Tenn. Sup. Ct. R. 9, § 28, regarding the obligations and responsibilities of disbarred attorneys. “

Mr. Rexrode practices in Knoxville, Tennessee. He is licensed in Tennessee. His info can be found on lawyersjustia.com.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.