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Denver Pot Attorney, Activist Suspended for Ethics Violations

By Willis Jacobson Nov 18, 2020
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Willis Jacobson is an award-winning journalist whose career has spanned both coasts. Now based on the Central Coast of California, he has covered cannabis news and issues since 2015.
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A prominent Denver-based cannabis attorney and activist who has been arrested several times over the past decade won’t be allowed to practice law for a year, a Colorado judge recently ruled, due to a string of ethics violations.

Robert J. Corry Jr., who practiced at Corry & Associates and helped establish Colorado’s MED market, admitted to 13 counts of professional misconduct as part of a disciplinary agreement that resulted in him receiving a suspension totaling one year and one day. In addition to the ethics violations, which include mishandling client funds, the agreement said that Corry also pleaded guilty in September 2020 to charges of criminal mischief and violation of a protection order involving domestic violence. 

The suspension went into effect Nov. 13. Corry did not immediately respond Wednesday to a message seeking comment.

The suspension is not the first for Corry, who has a lengthy history of allegations and arrests.

Corry’s September criminal mischief conviction is based on a 2019 incident in which he recklessly drove and damaged his then-girlfriend’s car. Following that incident, Corry was charged with violating a protective order when he apparently disregarded a court order to have no contact with that girlfriend and married her. (The woman apparently agreed to marry him despite the court order.) Corry was sentenced to 30 months of probation in that case, and ordered to undergo domestic violence education, among other requirements.

Corry’s wife is also the alleged victim in a kidnapping case against him that is still pending.

The professional misconduct charges stem from interactions with multiple clients, dating back to 2014, in which Corry’s firm collected payments but did not keep the funds in proper accounts or keep sufficient records, among other violations.

Corry and his firm were also accused of failing to report conflicts of interest to clients and for collecting unreasonable fees. Additionally, Corry and the firm were hit by the disciplinary judge for failing to comply with clients’ reasonable requests for information. That latter charge is based on an attorney at the firm, identified in the court documents as “Mr. Buck,” not responding to a client’s request for case information after the lawyer left Corry & Associates.

Mr. Buck’s exit also brought about charges related to communication and termination of representation, as Corry failed to reasonably communicate with or return case files to affected clients after Mr. Buck’s departure.

Corry’s discipline took into account his personal legal issues, as well. Those personal matters include his failing to maintain health insurance for his kids with his ex-wife, failing to pay child support, and failing to abstain from alcohol.

Outside of those matters, Corry has had notable brushes with the law in recent years.

After getting arrested in June 2019 on suspicion of domestic violence, he was arrested again a month later after witnesses alleged he waved a samurai-style sword and threatened passersby, according to news site Westword.com. Corry was also arrested in September 2013 for smoking marijuana at Denver’s Coors Field during a Major League Baseball game. That same month he gained notoriety for handing out free joints at Denver’s Civic Center Park, according to the Denver Post

In 2007, Corry served a deferred one-year suspension from practicing law in Colorado. That discipline was handed down after he pleaded guilty to third-degree assault in a case involving sexual assault. He was sentenced to five years probation and 60 days in jail for that conviction, but was reportedly freed after just 44 days due to good behavior, according to Westword.com.

Corry has represented clients in several prominent cases, both within and outside the cannabis industry.

The suspension for Corry, who has been ordered to promptly notify clients and other parties involved in pending litigation about his discipline, is set to end on Nov. 15, 2021.

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