Former Marshall attorney disbarred by state court
A former Marshall attorney, Renae Lynn Ehler, has been disbarred by the Missouri Supreme Court.
In a ruling made Tuesday, Aug. 31, the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel noted that Ehler had committed "multiple violations of the rules of professional conduct in her representation of a client in a dissolution proceeding and another client in an unrelated civil case."
The ruling stated that evidence against Ehler showed she failed to comply with professional standards in a number of situations, including
--failing to correctly calculate and deliver the amount of money owed to a client and an opposing party and by failing to provide opposing counsel with requested discovery information to avoid a default judgment against her client,
--failing to pay money owed to a client and an opposing party in a timely fashion,
--failing to provide opposing counsel with discovery information to avoid a default judgment against her client,
--failing to communicate with clients and opposing counsel,
--misappropriating and mishandling client funds,
--failing to properly maintain a client trust account,
--engaging in conduct involving deceit and misrepresentation.
Ehler's license was suspended previously for six months for similar violations of the rules of professional conduct. The court then imposed a two-year term of probation.
"She committed some of the current acts of professional misconduct while she was on probation," according to the ruling. "In light of the severity of her acts of misconduct and this Court's progressive application of discipline, disbarment is appropriate. Therefore, Ms. Ehler is disbarred."