IN THE MATTER OF TINA L. MORIN, An Attorney at Law, Respondent.
Moog Deputy Disciplinary Counsel Office of Disciplinary
leave of the Commission on Practice granted on July 19, 2017,
the 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.
or about November 2013, Respondent began representing Ronald
Lowney ("Ron") as an interested party in a
guardianship/conservatorship action in Butte-Silver Bow
County District Court styled In the Matter of Judith A.
Lowney, An Incapacitated Person* Cause No. DG-11-15,
Honorable Kurt Krueger presiding ("the guardianship
proceeding"). Upon information and belief, Respondent
was retained by Ron, a resident of Butte, to pursue appellate
and post-judgment relief consistent with his interests in
expanded, unsupervised visitation with his wife of fifty
years, Judith Lowney ("Judy"), as Judy's
guardians (her brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Debbie
Bugni, hereinafter "the guardians") had placed her
in an assisted living center near their home in Helena and
Judge Krueger had limited Ron's visitation to once
monthly, if practical, on a supervised basis.
the guardianship proceeding, Judge Krueger appointed attorney
Debbie M. Churchill ("Churchill") as Judy's
guardian ad litem and counsel of record by Order filed June
9, 2011, which Order remains in effect.
the guardianship proceeding, attorney Steven Shapiro
("Shapiro") represents the guardians.
the guardianship proceeding, Judy was judicially determined
to be incapacitated and appointed permanent full guardians
and conservators on July 15, 2011. Judy's grown children
were initially appointed but subsequently replaced by the
guardians at present in May 2013.
or about November 18, 2013, Respondent filed a notice of
appeal concerning Judge Krueger's final orders appointing
the guardians, awarding of spousal support and attorneys'
fees, and imposing the visitation restriction. The appeal was
docketed as DA 13-0767 and styled as In the Matter of:
Following briefing, the Montana Supreme Court affirmed Judge
Krueger's rulings by Opinion ...