OPINION AND ORDER
Ann Teater was admitted to the practice of law in the
Commonwealth of Kentucky on July 30, 2012. Her Kentucky Bar
Association (KBA) member number is 94855, and her last known
roster address is P.O. Box 986, Nicholasville, KY 40356.
Supreme Court Rule (SCR) 3.210, this disciplinary matter came
before the KBA Board of Governors (Board) as a default case.
The Board unanimously recommended that Teater be found guilty
of violating SCR 3.130(1.1); SCR 3.130(1.3);
SCR3.130(l.4)(a)(3); SCR 3.130(l.4)(a)(4); and SCR 3.130(8.
l)(b), as reflected in Counts I-V filed against her. The
Board further recommended that Teater be suspended from the
practice of law for 30 days to run consecutively with her
current suspension for CLE deficiency; that she be referred
to the Kentucky Lawyer Assistance Program (KYLAP); that she
be required to attend and successfully complete Bar
Counsel's Ethics and Professionalism Enhancement Program
(EPEP); and that she pay the costs incurred in this action.
After careful consideration we agree with and adopt the
KBA FILE 18-DIS-0263
Landeros hired Teater on October 19, 2015, to represent him
in a deportation matter in the United States Immigration
Court in Memphis, Tennessee. Teater and Mr. Landeros entered
into a retainer agreement wherein Mr. Landeros paid Teater
$5, 700.00 for the representation.
hearing on the deportation matter was held on December 1,
2015. Teater failed to prepare Mr. Landeros for any potential
questions he might have been asked during cross-examination.
She also failed to call one of Mr. Landeros' character
witnesses who was present at the hearing. Instead, Teater
called Mr. Landeros' 13-year-old son to testify, without
first preparing him to do so. Following the hearing Teater
did not return Mr. Landeros' phone calls, text messages,
or emails, and did not inform him of the results of the
of this conduct Mr. Landeros filed a bar complaint against
Teater in September 2018. Teater did not file a response to
the complaint or participate in the underlying proceedings.
KBA's Inquiry Commission issued a five count Amended
Charge against Teater based on Mr. Landeros' bar
complaint and asserted Teater violated: (1) SCR 3.130(1.1) by
failing to provide competent representation to Mr. Landeros
because she did not prepare him for the hearing, failed to
call his witness, and failed to prepare his son for his
testimony; (2) SCR 3.130(1.3) by failing to act with
reasonable diligence in the representation because she did
not advise her client of the outcome of the deportation
hearing in a timely manner; (3) SCR 3.130(l.4)(a)(3) by
failing to keep Mr. Landeros reasonably informed about the
status of the matter by not explaining the outcome of the
hearing to him; (4) SCR 3.130(l.4)(a)(4) by failing to
promptly comply with Mr. Landeros' reasonable requests
for information because she did not return his phone calls
and messages requesting information about the outcome of the
deportation hearing; and (5) SCR 3.130(8.l)(b) by failing to
respond to the bar complaint against her after being served
with a copy of the complaint and receiving notification that
failure to respond could result in additional charges.
was served with the Amended Charge on April 6, 2019, but she
did not file an answer. The Inquiry Commission therefore
submitted the matter to the Board.
15, 2017, Teater was issued a Private Admonition for
violating SCR 3.130(l.4)(a)(3) and SCR 3.130(1.l6)(d).
September 15, 2017, Teater was issued a Private Admonition
for violating SCR 3.130(1.3) and SCR 3.130(3.4)(c).
January 19, 2018, Teater was suspended for CLE deficiency.