OFFICE OF THE PRESIDING DISCIPLINARY JUDGE
No. 18PDI030. People v. Hyde. 11/27/2018. A hearing board suspended Patrick C. Hyde (attorney registration number 14633) for six months, with the requirement that he seek reinstatement, if at all, under CRCP 251.29(c). To be reinstated, Hyde will bear the burden of proving by clear and convincing evidence that he has been rehabilitated, has complied with disciplinary orders and rules, and is fit to practice law. The suspension took effect on January 18, 2019. Hyde has appealed the hearing board's decision to the Supreme Court.
In 2011, Hyde was entrusted with $1,000 for legal work in an immigration case. He kept inadequate records regarding that payment. Even though he never performed legal services in the matter, he erroneously assumed two years later that he had somehow earned the funds. As a result, he transferred the $1,000 from his trust account into his operating account, commingling the funds with his own. Hyde breached Colo. RPC 1.15(a) (2013) (a lawyer shall hold client property separate from the lawyer's own property) and Colo. RPC 1.15(j) (2013) (a lawyer shall maintain certain records related to trust accounts and client billing). In imposing the sanction, the hearing board was influenced by Hyde's repeated commission of misconduct despite his substantial experience as a lawyer and by his refusal to acknowledge his wrongdoing.
The case file is public per CRCP 251.31.
No. 19PDI003. People v. Koenig. 1/10/2019. The Presiding Disciplinary Judge approved the parties' stipulation to reciprocal discipline and publicly censured Robert Allen Koenig (attorney registration number 23815), effective January 10, 2019.
This reciprocal discipline case arose out of discipline imposed in Nevada. On November 28, 2017, a formal hearing panel for the Southern Nevada Disciplinary Board issued to Koenig a formal letter of reprimand, which is considered public discipline in Nevada. Koenig's discipline was premised on his failure, as a managing partner of a Nevada-based multijurisdictional law practice, to monitor and...