As Corrected Oct. 4, 2013.
OPINION AND ORDER
Louis Edward Reinhart, III, KBA No. 85729, was admitted to the practice of law
in the Commonwealth of Kentucky on May 1, 1995, and his bar roster address is listed as 108 West Crystal Drive, P.O. Box 33, LaGrange, Kentucky, 40031. The Board of Governors (Board) unanimously found Reinhart guilty of violating SCR 3.130-1.3, SCR 3.130-1.4(b), SCR 3.130-1.5(b) & (c), SCR 3.130-8.4(c), SCR 3.130-1.15(a), SCR 3.130-1.15(b), and SCR 3.175( l )(a). For these violations the Board recommends Reinhart: 1) be permanently disbarred from the practice of law, and 2) pay costs of $726.35 associated with this disciplinary proceeding in accordance with SCR 3.450.
Christopher Duke retained Reinhart in 2005 to perform legal services. Thereafter, Reinhart was habitually dilatory and negligent in his representation of Duke. For example, Reinhart failed to comply with a discovery order, failed to respond in a timely manner to three different settlement offers, and did not inform Duke of the offers. After great delay, Reinhart finally accepted a settlement offer on behalf of Duke and deposited a $50,000 check into a non-trust account. Reinhart had discussed a 1/3 contingent fee with Duke, but Duke never signed a contract and Reinhart never provided an accounting of expenses to Duke. Reinhart simply left a $25,000 cashier's check (not drawn on an IOLTA trust account) at Duke's place of employment. Duke repeatedly attempted to contact Reinhart concerning the balance of his settlement proceeds, but Reinhart failed to respond.
A bar complaint was issued against Reinhart, but multiple attempts to provide service by certified mail at both his bar roster address and personal residence were returned. The Oldham County sheriff later attempted personal service to no avail. After these failed attempts, service was completed under SCR 3.175(2) by serving the Executive Director of the KBA. Reinhart failed to answer the charges, so the case went to the Board by default pursuant to SCR 3.210.
The Inquiry Commission (Commission) issued a charge against Reinhart alleging eight counts: 1) Count I charges Reinhart with violating SCR 3.130-1.3, 2) Count II charges Reinhart with violating SCR 3.130-1.4(b),3) Count III charges Reinhart with violating SCR 3.130-1.5(b),4) Count IV charges Reinhart with violating SCR 3.130-1.5(c),5) Count V charges
Reinhart with violating SCR 3.130-8.4(c),6) Count VI charges Reinhart with violating SCR 3.130-1.15(a),7) Count VII charges Reinhart with violating SCR 3.130-1.15(b), and 8) Count VIII charges Reinhart with violating SCR 3.175(1)(a).
III. BOARD'S RECOMMENDATION
The Board unanimously found Reinhart guilty of all charges and, by a vote of 12 to 4, recommended that he: 1) be permanently disbarred from the practice of law, and 2) pay $726.35, the ...