KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION V. JIMMIE GREEN ORR, JR.Annotate this Case
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KENTUCKY BAR ASSOCIATION
IN SUPREME COURT
JIMMIE GREEN ORR, JR.
OPINION AND ORDER
Jimmie Green Orr, Jr., KBA Member No. 85305, bar roster address
215 Southland Drive, Suite 200, Lexington, Kentucky 40503, was admitted to
practice law in Kentucky in 1994. 1 The Trial Commissioner recommended a
61-day suspension from the practice of law for violations of the Kentucky Rules
of Professional Conduct. 2 After withdrawing his appeal of the Trial
This information was effective at the time the Trial Commissioner issued his
report. However, Orr is currently temporarily suspended from the practice of law
in Kentucky by order of this Court in Inquiry Commission v. Jimmie Green Orr, Jr.,
336 S.W.3d 458 (Ky. 2011) (KBA file no. 17573). Orr's suspension was effective
May 1, 2011.
Although the disciplinary hearing took place in 2010, the acts that gave rise to
this matter and the Inquiry Commission's issuance of charges took place before
the July 2009 amendments to the Kentucky Rules of Professional Conduct went
into effect. So we apply the Kentucky Rules of Professional Conduct in effect
before July 2009.
Commissioner's Report to the Board of Governors, the matter comes before us
to consider the record and enter a final order. In accordance with Supreme
Court Rule (SCR) 3.370(10), we adopt the Trial Commissioner's
In November 2008 (KBA file no. 14893), the Inquiry Commission issued a
three-count charge against Orr for violating SCR 3.130-3.3(a)(3), 3.1303.3(a)(2), and 3.130-8.3(c). The Trial Commissioner conducted a hearing on
the matter in March 2010. The KBA presented testimony from Orr; Rachelle
Williams, Assistant U. S. Trustee for the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the
Eastern District of Kentucky; and Joseph J. Golden, Assistant U. S. Trustee for
the U. S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Kentucky. At the
hearing, "[Orr] presented no factual or legal defense to the charges of unethical
conduct [but] gave testimony attempting to explain or mitigate his conduct."
Count I alleged professional misconduct by Orr for violating SCR 3.1303.3(a)(3) 3 in his representation of clients during a Chapter 13 bankruptcy
action. Orr was aware his clients did not complete pre-filing credit counseling.
And after receiving certificates of completion for a financial management course
that did not fulfill the requirements of 11 U.S.0 § 109(h), Orr, nevertheless,
prepared and filed fictitious credit counseling certificates without the
knowledge of his clients. According to the findings of the Trial Commissioner,
"The Certificates set forth an organization, namely Dave Ramsey's Abridged
A lawyer shall not knoWingly . [o]ffer evidence that the lawyer knows to be false.
Financial Peace University, which did not undertake pre-Petition filing
counseling, which raised suspicion of the U. S. Bankruptcy Trustee."
Consequently, the Trial Commissioner found that Orr violated the rules of
professional conduct when he knowingly prepared and filed falsified certificates
with the United States Bankruptcy Court.
Count II alleged professional misconduct by Orr for violating SCR 3.1303.3(a)(2) 4 because he failed to disclose the fictitious' nature of the counseling
certificates filed with the U. S. Bankruptcy Court. Later, Orr filed a "Motion to
waive the Credit Counseling requirement in which he also failed to disclose the
fabricated and fraudulent [c]ertificate filings when presented with the
opportunity to do so in seeking other relief." The Trial Commissioner
additionally found that if the U. S. Bankruptcy Trustee did not question the
validity of the certificates, "[Orr] may have prevailed with his deceit." The Trial
Commissioner concluded that Orr violated the rules of professional misconduct
by knowingly failing to disclose the fictitious nature of the certificates and
further failing to disclose the information at a subsequent bankruptcy
A lawyer shall not knowingly . . . [flail to disclose a material fact to the tribunal
when disclosure is necessary to avoid a fraud being perpetrated upon the
Count III alleged professional misconduct by Orr for violating SCR 3.1308.3(c) 5 stemming from the actions described in Counts I and II of the Charge.
The Trial Commissioner concluded that:
[Orr] continued in the perpetration of the fraud and deceit until the
scheduled Bankruptcy Rule 2004 examination, only at which time
did he indicate to the U. S. Bankruptcy Trustee his deceitful
actions and the fictitious [c]ertificate filings when confronted by
her as to his compliance with provisions of 11 USC § 109(h),
although he had ample opportunities to do so for weeks prior
The Trial Commissioner found that these actions involved dishonesty, deceit,
and misrepresentation, which violated the rules of professional conduct. The
recommendation of the Trial Commissioner states:
Although the Trial Commissioner finds [Orr] to have been truthful,
sincere[,] and remorseful for his conduct; that he believed it to be
in the best interest of his client as opposed to any personal gain;
and that he was limited in his knowledge of the changes to the
bankruptcy laws just prior enacted, though not necessarily
concerning the pre-Petition Certification of Counseling filing
requirement, he still possessed sufficient knowledge of bankruptcy
law and procedure in his years of practice prior thereto.
Nevertheless, the Trial Commissioner cannot overlook nor
overcome the fact that [Orr] had sufficient knowledge to knowingly
fabricate and subsequently file false documents and perpetrate a
fraud upon a federal tribunal and its appointed representative. '
[Orr's] actions were purposeful and deceptive and rise to the level
of being a dishonest and fraudulent misrepresentation, reflecting a
high degree of personal misconduct[,] which could have caused
serious consequences to his clients. His delay in reporting the
same, despite his perceived "panic[,"] until confronted and the
lengthy period of time in which [he] had to make his admission,
also causes the Trial Commissioner concern . . . .
It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to . . . [e]ngage in conduct involving
dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.
The Trial Commissioner has considered the line of decisions from
the Supreme Court[,] which provide that a temporary suspension
from the practice of law is an appropriate punishment for engaging
in conduct [that] brings the Bar and the lawyer himself into
disrepute and causes serious or potentially serious
consequences . . . . The public oft expresses a low opinion of those
engaged in the legal profession for which such misconduct as
exhibited by [Orr] does further harm thereto.
Based on admissions by Orr, facts adduced at the hearing, and the applicable
legal standards, the Trial Commissioner recommended that Orr receive a 61day suspension from the practice of law. Accordingly, we now enter a final
order adopting the Trial Commissioner's recommendation in accord with
SCR 3.370(10) because neither party filed a notice of appeal.
Based upon the foregoing, the Court ORDERS:
Jimmie Green Orr, Jr., is found guilty of violating SCR 3.130-
3.3(a)(3) (Count I), 3.130-3.3(a)(2) (Count II), and 3.130-8.3(c) (Count III) as
alleged in KBA File 14893;
Jimmie Green Orr, Jr., is suspended from the practice of law in the
Commonwealth of Kentucky for a period of 61 days. The period of suspension
shall commence as of the date of entry of this order;
Under SCR 3.390, Jimmie Green Orr, Jr., shall, within ten days
from the entry of this Opinion and Order, notify all clients, in writing, of his
inability to represent them; notify all courts in which he has matters pending of
his suspension from the practice of law; and furnish copies of said letters of
notice to the Executive Director of the KBA. Furthermore, to the extent
possible, Orr must immediately cancel and cease any advertising activities in
which he is engaged; and
Under SCR 3.450, Jimmie Green Orr, Jr. is directed to pay all
costs associated with these disciplinary proceedings against him, said sum
being $1,309.30, for which execution may issue from this Court upon the
finality of this Opinion and Order.
All sitting. All concur.
ENTERED: August 25, 2011.