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Attorney Robert Clauss Jr. of Des Moines; repeat offender

 
The state of Iowa presented Robert Clauss Jr. with a law license in 1972.
 
The Iowa Supreme Court Disciplinary Board found Stephen guilty of the following misconduct.
 
Bobby’s 1st bite at the Attorney Misfit Apple Tree
  • Failed to timely file state and federal tax returns
  • Made false statements on annual client security questionnaires re: filing tax returns
  • Failed to maintain adequate trust account records
  • Commingled client funds with personal funds
As a consequence of his misconduct, the enablers for Attorney Misfits sitting on the Iowa Supreme Court punished Bobby by gifting him with a complimentary 6-month suspension of his law license.
 
Bobby’s 2nd bite at the Attorney Misfit Apple Tree
 
In one matter, Bobby was hired by AMAN Collection Service of Aberdeen, South Dakota to collect the balance due to Kirkwood Community College on a student loan to Cheryl Ristola. Subsequently, Bobby filed a lawsuit in small claims court against Cheryl for $254.86, plus attorney fees.
 
Several days later, Cheryl wrote a letter to Bobby and enclosed two postdated checks for $154.86 and $100 for payment of the amount due. Bobby subsequently deposited the checks which meant the amount of $254.87 was paid in full.
 
Six months later, Bobby requested that the Clerk of Court enter a default judgment against Cheryl, providing computation of attorney fees, and other documents supporting a default judgment. However, Bobby conveniently failed to advise the Clerk that the principal amount ($254.86 had been paid in full by Cheryl.
 
The Clerk then entered a judgment against Cheryl for $254.86 with interest at ten percent, attorney fees of $240, and costs of $27.50. Several days later, Bobby sent Cheryl a letter demanding $308.48 to settle the matter, which she then paid. Therefore, Cheryl had paid Bobby a total of $563.34.
 
Eight months later, Bobby sent Cheryl another letter demanding she pay him another $42 and upon receipt he would file a dismissal of the lawsuit against her. This time Cheryl refused to pay and hired an attorney who was able to settle the matter to Cheryl’s satisfaction.
 
As a consequence of his misconduct, the enablers for Attorney Misfits sitting on the Iowa Supreme Court punished Bobby by gifting him with a complimentary reprimand.
 
As we speak (ca. January 2014), Bobby practices with the Robert Clauss Law Office at 9923 Clark Street in Des Moines, Iowa.
 
 
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