Searching over 5,500,000 cases.


searching
Buy This Entire Record For $7.95

Download the entire decision to receive the complete text, official citation,
docket number, dissents and concurrences, and footnotes for this case.

Learn more about what you receive with purchase of this case.

Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee v. Osmon

Supreme Court of Wyoming

October 24, 2019

THE UNAUTHORIZED PRACTICE OF LAW COMMITTEE, WYOMING STATE BAR, Petitioner,
v.
COURTNEY LEIGH OSMON, Respondent

          ORDER APPROVING RECOMMENDED DISPOSITION

          MICHAEL K. DAVIS Chief Justice.

         [¶ 1] This matter came before the Court upon the "Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Recommended Disposition," filed herein September 20, 2019, by the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee of the Wyoming State Bar (the Committee). After a careful review of the Committee's recommendations and the file, this Court finds the Recommended Disposition should be approved, confirmed, and adopted by the Court. It is, therefore, [¶2] ADJUDGED AND ORDERED that the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee's "Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Recommended Disposition," which is attached hereto and incorporated herein, shall be, and the same hereby is, approved, confirmed, and adopted by this Court; and it is further

         [¶3] ADJUDGED AND ORDERED that Respondent Courtney Leigh Osmon is hereby enjoined from the unauthorized practice of law; and it is further

         [¶4] ORDERED that on or before January 2, 2020, Respondent Courtney Leigh Osmon shall remit a fine of $750 to the Wyoming State Bar. If Respondent fails to make payment in the time allotted, execution may issue on the fine.

          [¶5] DATED this 24th day of October, 2019.

          FINDINGS OF FACT, CONCLUSIONS OF LAW AND RECOMMENDED DISPOSITION

         A quorum of the Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law ("Committee") convened by telephone conference call on the 3rd day of September, 2019. Having determined that Bar Counsel's Rule 6(d)(1) motion should be granted, the Committee proceeded to decide the case based upon the petition as provided in the rule. The Committee finds, concludes and recommends as follows:

         Findings of Fact

         1. Respondent Courtney Leigh Osmon, a resident of Rozet, Wyoming (hereinafter, "Respondent") is not currently nor has she ever been licensed to practice law in the State of Wyoming or in any jurisdiction. 2. Bar Counsel's investigation of Respondent was initiated upon a report from Gillette lawyer Nicholas Norris that in 2017 and 2018, Respondent held herself out as a lawyer and undertook to provide legal representation to her husband, Brett Osmon, in a title dispute which culminated in the initiation of litigation in the Sixth Judicial District Court, Campbell County, Wyoming, styled Michele Bau, Plaintiff, vs. Brett Osmon and Courtney Osmon, Defendants, Civil Action No. 37587. The lawsuit named Respondent, who owned no interest in the property in dispute, as a defendant only as a result of her role in negotiating and accepting a settlement agreement between Ms. Bau and Mr. Osmon. The settlement was not culminated and litigation ensued.

         3. When Respondent filed an answer and counterclaims on behalf of her husband and herself, Mr. Norris moved to strike the answer as it related to Mr. Osmon and moved to dismiss the counterclaims. The Court struck any purported answer for Mr. Osmon and default was entered against him. Respondent attempted to speak on her husband's behalf at the default judgment hearing but was not allowed to do so by the Court.

         4. Respondent did not respond to Bar Counsel's inquiries following initiation of an investigation of Mr. Norris's UPL report.

         5. The petition in this matter was filed on May 20, 2019, pursuant to the Rules of Procedure Governing Unauthorized Practice of Law Proceedings (hereinafter, the "UPL Procedural Rules"). The petition was served upon Respondent via certified mail, return receipt requested, on May 20, 2019.

         6. On May 29, 2019, the Court issued an order referring the matter to the Committee for proceedings pursuant to UPL Procedural Rule 6(d) through (h).

         7. Respondent's agent signed the certified mailing return receipt for the petition on June 6, 2019. Respondent did not ...


Buy This Entire Record For $7.95

Download the entire decision to receive the complete text, official citation,
docket number, dissents and concurrences, and footnotes for this case.

Learn more about what you receive with purchase of this case.