IN THE MATTER OF TINA L, MORIN, An Attorney at Law, Respondent.
Moog Deputy Disciplinary Counsel Office of Disciplinary
Office of Disciplinary Counsel for the State of Montana
("ODC"), hereby charges Tina L. Morin with
professional misconduct as follows:
L. Morin, hereinafter referred to as Respondent, was admitted
to the practice of law in the State of Montana in 1992, at
which time she took the oath required for admission, wherein
she agreed to abide by the Rules of Professional Conduct, the
Disciplinary Rules adopted by the Supreme Court, and the
highest standards of honesty, justice and morality, including
but not limited to, those outlined in parts 3 and 4 of
Chapter 61, Title 37, Montana Code Annotated.
Montana Supreme Court has approved and adopted the Montana
Rules of Professional Conduct ("MRPC"), governing
the ethical conduct of attorneys licensed to practice in the
State of Montana, which Rules were in effect at all times
mentioned in this Complaint.
realleges and incorporates paragraphs 1 through 2 of the
General Allegations as if fully restated in this Count One.
July 2, 2015, Respondent filed a lawsuit on behalf of herself
and her law firm, Morin Law Firm, P.L.L.C, in U.S. District
Court for the District of Montana. The case was captioned
Morin Law Firm v. Leonard Carder, et ai,
CV-15-30-B-SEH. U.S. District Court Judge Sam E. Haddon
presided over the case.
5. At a
hearing on December 7, 2015, Judge Haddon told Respondent:
"All right. That means, in plain terms, if this case is
to continue, you are going to have to get other counsel in to
represent Morin Law Firm, P.L.L.C." (Tr. 7:10-12.)
February 24, 2016, Judge Haddon issued an Order directing
Respondent to obtain counsel by March 4, 2016, or all
documents filed by her would be stricken.
March 2, 2016, attorney Colin J. Delli Bovi ("Delli
Bovi") filed a Notice of Appearance on behalf of
Respondent and her firm.
June 14, 2016, the Defendants filed a Motion for Protective
June 15, 2016, Delli Bovi filed a Motion to Withdraw.
June 21, 2016, a hearing was held regarding the Motion for
Protective Order and the Motion to Withdraw. At the hearing,
Judge Haddon informed Respondent she was disqualified from
appearing as counsel. (Tr. 11:6- 13.) Judge Haddon advised
Delli Bovi he would not be allowed to withdraw until the
Plaintiffs had another lawyer. (Tr. 19:20 to 20:3.) Judge
Haddon gave Delli Bovi until June 24, 2016, to file
additional information concerning his Motion to Withdraw.
(Tr. 25:6-14.) Judge Haddon gave the Plaintiffs until June
24, 2016 to file a brief in response to the Motion for