The Hawaii Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Board publicly reprimanded West Hawaii attorney Robert Kim last month, board officials said Friday.
The board ruled Kim twice violated Hawaii Rules of Professional Conduct by representing a client in two matters that were “directly adverse to a client he represented in another matter,” the board said in a written statement.
The board found several aggravating factors during its investigation, including that Kim’s “motive was selfish, that his conduct constituted a pattern of misconduct, that his conduct involved multiple offenses, that he made false statements and acted deceptively during the investigation.”
Kim apologized for the incidents that led to the reprimand.
“I’m sorry, and I have learned from this experience,” he said Friday. “I’d never had a complaint for 26 years. I made a mistake.”
The board said the reprimand does not prevent Kim from continuing to practice law.