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High Point attorney suspended


Attorney: Robert R. Schoch

Location: High Point

Bar membership: Member since 1971

Disciplinary action: Suspended from the practice of law for four years on Oct. 21. After two years, Schoch may apply for a stay of the remaining portion of the suspension.

Background: During a proceeding in 2016, Schoch misrepresented to the court his reason for seeking a continuance, went behind the judge’s bench without permission and misrepresented that he permission to do so, failed to stand when addressing the court, failed to yield gracefully to court rulings and abide by the court’s rulings and instructions, talked over and interrupted the judge and opposing counsel and witnesses, engaged in other conduct intended to disrupt a tribunal, engaged in conduct that had no substantial purpose other than to embarrass or burden a third person, alluded to matters that he did not reasonably believe were relevant, injected irrelevant and inflammatory commentary about himself and his children, made unsubstantiated allegations against a witness and opposing counsel of withholding evidence, and made unsubstantiated allegations against opposing counsel of misleading the court and acting in bad faith. In a separate matter, Schoch directly communicated with an adverse party whom he knew to be represented by counsel without that counsel being present.

Previous discipline: Schoch was reprimanded in January 2012 for engaging in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice and failing to comply with known local customs of courtesy.

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