IN THE MATTER OF BRANDON HARTFORD, An Attorney at Law, Respondent.
Moog Deputy Disciplinary Counsel Office of Disciplinary
leave of the Commission on Practice ("Commission")
granted on January 8, 2020, the Office of Disciplinary
Counsel ("ODC") hereby charges Brandon Hartford, an
attorney at law admitted to practice before the courts of
Montana, with professional misconduct as follows:
Brandon Hartford, hereinafter referred to as Respondent, was
admitted to the practice of law in the State of Montana in
2004, at which time he took the oath required for admission,
agreeing 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 law in
the State of Montana, which Rules were in effect at all times
mentioned in this Complaint.
re-alleges paragraphs 1 and 2 of the general allegations
within Count One.
September 3, 2019, ODC received a grievance alleging
Respondent engaged in unethical conduct while representing a
client, Nathan Jackson ("Jackson"). The grievance
was docketed as ODC File No. 19-089.
the normal course of procedure, ODC forwarded the grievance
to Respondent for his response by letters dated September 23,
2019, and October 17, 2019. Respondent's office received
the latter certified letter on October 21, 2019.
date, Respondent has failed to provide any response to the
grievance. 7. By his refusal to provide any response,
Respondent has repeatedly violated Rule 8.1(b), MRPC.
8A(6), MRLDE, provides additional grounds for discipline for
Respondent's failure to promptly and fully respond to
re-alleges paragraphs 1 and 2 of the general allegations and
paragraphs 4 through 6 of Count One within Count Two.
Jackson retained Respondent on April 10, 2018, to represent
him regarding traffic citations he ...