03.28.2014 Reprimand [Buncombe County]

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On January 23, 2014, a Grievance Committee of the North Carolina State Bar met and reprimanded Attorney Jennifer Moore. Jennifer Moore represented a parent in a child support matter originating in another state, and reported to the client that she had been actively negotiating with opposing counsel, when in fact only 1.3 hours of work in ten months was recorded. The Committee found that Moore failed to actively pursue the client’s interests for a long period of time, Rule 1.3 of the Rules of Professional Conduct. Furthermore, Moore violated Rules 1.4 and 1.6 by failing to notify and explain the status of the matter or the effect of accepting money to her client when she knew the client did not want to settle for what was offered, and by not taking steps to protect the client’s interests. Moore also made misleading statements to the State Bar in violation of Rule 8.1.  As a result of these actions, Moore was reprimanded.

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