Submitted February 8, 2017
Certified Report by the Board of Professional Conduct of the
Supreme Court, No. 2015-077.
J. Drexel, Disciplinary Counsel, for relator.
Hoskins, pro se.
1} Respondent, Robert Hansford Hoskins, of
Cincinnati, Ohio, Attorney Registration No. 0068550, was
admitted to the practice of law in Ohio in 1997.
2} On February 19, 2015, the Supreme Court of
Kentucky suspended Hoskins's license to practice law in
that state for 60 days. Kentucky Bar Assn. v.
Hoskins, 454 S.W.3d 289 (Ky.2015). We imposed reciprocal
discipline on April 23, 2015, suspending Hoskins from the
practice of law in Ohio for 60 days, and we conditioned his
reinstatement on several factors, including his reinstatement
in Kentucky. Disciplinary Counsel v. Hoskins, 142
Ohio St.3d 1244, 2015-Ohio-1532, 30 N.E.3d 964. The Ohio
suspension remains in effect.
3} In a March 4, 2016 amended complaint, relator,
disciplinary counsel, charged Hoskins with multiple
violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct in the course
of representing six separate clients-including allegations
that he knowingly continued to practice law while his license
was suspended, impersonated a former colleague in dealings
with opposing counsel and the courts of this state, lied to
his clients about the status of his license to practice law,
and failed to respond to relator's demands for
4} And on June 28, 2016, during the pendency of this
action, we indefinitely suspended Hoskins from the practice
of law in yet another disciplinary action upon finding that
he had engaged in "a disturbing pattern of neglect and
an ongoing failure to comply with established rules and
procedures-not to mention a flagrant disobedience of court
orders and a troubling propensity to engage in dishonesty
when his actions are questioned." Cincinnati Bar
Assn. v. Hoskins, __ Ohio St.3d __, 2016-Ohio-4576, __
N.E.3d __, ¶ 43-44. We also found him in contempt of our
April 23, 2015 reciprocal-discipline order and fined him $600
for continuing to practice law in three cases while his
license was under suspension. Id. at fn. 2;
Disciplinary Counsel v. Hoskins, 146 Ohio St.3d
1425, 2016-Ohio-4594, 52 N.E.3d 1201.
5} Hoskins answered relator's complaint,
admitting to some-but not all-of the alleged facts and rule
violations. However, he did not appear at the panel hearing
on the matter. Relator presented the testimony of six
witnesses and submitted 43 exhibits to demonstrate
Hoskins's misconduct. The Board of Professional Conduct
issued a report finding that Hoskins committed multiple
violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct and
recommended that he be permanently disbarred.
6} We adopt the board's report and
recommendation and permanently disbar Hoskins from the
practice of law in Ohio.
One: Bertke Electric Company, Inc.
7} On February 3, 2015, Hoskins commenced a civil
action on behalf of his client Bertke Electric Company, Inc.,
a family business partly owned by Kevin Bertke. Following our
April 23, 2015 suspension of his Ohio law license, Hoskins
continued to practice law by ...