On Wednesday, March 29, 2023, the Commission for Lawyer Discipline requested the Board of Disciplinary Appeals appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas for the revocation of probation of Dallas attorney Emmanuel U. Obi.

The case is styled ‘In the Matter of Emmanuel U. Obi,’ case no. 67710.

According to the court document, Obi received a six-month suspension on November 11, 2020, after the Evidentiary Panel 6-1 of the State Bar District No. 6 Grievance Committee concluded that Obi had engaged in misconduct including among others, failing to promptly comply with reasonable requests for information from a client, failing to refund unearned fees; and failing to respond to disciplinary authorities. The panel found that Obi’s conduct violated the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, specifically Rules 1.03(a), 1.14(b), 1.15(d), and 8.04(a)(8).

The Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.

However, the Commission, in its Petition for Revocation of Probation filed with the Board, stated that Obi violated some terms of the probation.

The Petition states that:

“Respondent failed to make installment payments for attorney’s fees and direct expenses due on or before the 15thof each month, with the first installment of $400.00 due February 15, 2023, and the second installment of $1,000.00, and the third installment for $759.00.”

The Petition continues:

“Respondent failed to make installment payments for restitution to Loretta Davis due on or before the 15thof each month, with the first installment of $1,000.00 due on or before December 15, 2022, the second installment of $1,000.00, the third installment of $1,000.00, and the final installment of $600.00.”

The Petition further alleges:

“Respondent failed to contact the Chief Disciplinary Counsel’s Office’s Compliance Monitor or the Special Programs Coordinator not later than seven (7) days after receipt of a copy of the judgment to coordinate Respondent’s compliance.”

In view of the aforementioned probation violations committed by Obi, the Commission on Lawyer Discipline requested the revocation of Obi’s probation. The Commission further requested that the Court suspend Obi’s license to practice law for the full term of his suspension, and for such other and additional relief to which the Commission may be entitled.

According to his LinkedIn page, Mr. Emmanuel U. Obi is the managing principal of The Obi Law Firm, PLLC. He has been licensed to practice in Texas in 2007, after graduating from Southern Methodist University. He maintains his law practice in Dallas County. His info can also be found on the State Bar of Texas page.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.