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Durell Douthit's Ethics Violations 8 Years, 11 Months ago Karma: 0
As a loving Mother and primary caretaker for our 4 children, I was in a state of shock when my ex-husband, Kevin Chee (a Honolulu attorney with Chee and Markham) blindsided me with an EX Parte change of custody and accompanying TRO. I sought legal counsel in Honolulu attorney Durell Douthit. He did not zealously represent me. Rather, he lapsed into adjucative lassitude to maximize his monetary gain. In their Memorandum Opinion pertinent to my June 19, 2009 winning Appeal # 28843, the Intermediate Court of Appeals states:
“Mother’s counsel (Douthit) apparently did not challenge or seek a ruling on the merits on the November 2000 Ex Parte Orders.”
Douthit instructed me to have a psychological evaluation. I did so and was determined to be a competent, loving parent. Douthit never submitted the Report into evidence. I believe he was in collusion with the opposing party to prolong the case and expand his billable opportunities. While represented by him, my case never came to trial and no hearing was held pertinent to the Ex Parte change of custody. Justice delayed is justice denied.
Following my winning Appeal, I filed a timely Motion on July 7, 2009 for my attorney fees, consistent with the Appellate Court Ruling of June 19, 2009. After twice delaying my hearing, Judge Radius finally heard my case on Dec. 7, 2009 and wrote Orders on December 30, 2009. Judge Radius comments regarding my former counsel, Durell Douthit:
“Mr. Douthit represented Mother from November 9, 2000 through August 1, 2001 with total fees $24,034.96, including billing for trial preparation time. Mr. Douthit’s billing units include himself and his paralegal and his clerk. Some entries duplicate meetings and reviews and/or contain billings for administrative services and not legal work.”
Douthit would call and harass me for even more money. He instructed me to turn over my Independent Retirement Account (IRA) to him. He would yell at me, shouting: “I don’t work for nothing”. While he represented me, the TRO persisted for 7 years and contact with my 4 beautiful children was criminalized due to the family court’s TRO and unconstitutional orders changing custody without due process.
Douthit made almost $30,000.00. I was left with emotional scars, insurmountable debt and blocked contact with my children for 7 years. I am seeking sanctions against Durell Douthit, or his estate, from the Office of Disciplinary Council (ODC) for ethics violations and misrepresentation, consistent with Family Court Rule 11 and the ODC’s inherent power against all the attorneys who are deemed to have committed ethics violations and misused the Ex Parte procedure. A response from the ODC is pending.
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Re:Durell Douthit's Ethics Violations 8 Years, 11 Months ago Karma: 0
Sounds like my experience with this Family Law Attorney...

Except for the amount of money, your situation is very similar and one that happened at approximately the same time.

Durell Douthit was 'my' legal representative from 2/15/00 to 5/02/01.

During this time this 'professional' charged me and my legally ignorant family approximately $6000 to fully assist my legal adversary.

Invoiced me at $300 per hour for legal advice that accommodated my husband and his parents. This included insisting that we 'work with' GAL, Craig Robinson, despite that he had already missed his court ordered deadline for his recommendation ordered by Judge Christine Kuriyama. The same report of which we were ordered to pay $1, 200.00 for by this same 'Judge'.

The same 'professional' who insisted that I see Dr. Marvin Acklin (who somehow lost my records when I requested them a few years later), while ignoring anything I was concerned about regarding my estranged husband and his drug use.(The same drug use that put him into the State Hospital for 7 weeks in 2002. The same 7 weeks that Judge Christine Kuriyama disregarded totally when granting him sole custody in April 2005)

The same attorney who, despite insisting that I "let his office handle the details of my case" in the beginning, turned out to be the same person who claimed it was me who did not fulfill my obligations to him in the same letter where he informed me, after the fact, that Judge Darryl Choy had decided to dismiss my case despite that Hawaii is a no-fault divorce state.

But, the worst harm was inflicted on my daughter.

What was nothing less than child abuse when this same attorney, who is credited for 'preparing' the child custody section of the Hawaii Divorce Manual which states a child's risk for mental health problems is far greater for those who experience multiple divorces, actually allowed my daughter to endure this when he and my ex-husband's attorney, Geoffrey Hamilton, (who is credited for revising this same chapter a few years later) did nothing to stop the dismissal of my case in May of 2001.

The same act which ultimately caused my baby to go through 2 divorce's.

Attorney #2 out of my five who all violated all ethics to assist my husband so his mother could raise my only child. The child I have not had contact with since October 2006.

WHAT A LIVING NIGHTMARE WE LIVE.

Tracy

Thank GOD for this website and the angels behind it!! THANKS to all of you who have made this happen for all of the victims of the Hawaii Family Court.
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Re:Durell Douthit's Ethics Violations 8 Years, 10 Months ago Karma: 0
Tracy,
I am saddened but not surprised that you experienced injustices similar to mine as a result of Attorney Durell Douthit's unethical activities and collusion with opposing counsel.

I filed a formal complaint against Douthit with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel on Jan. 15, 2010. There response is pending. We shall see if our efforts generate a tipping point. Will the ODC actually sanction an unethical family law attorney? I hope so!

Thank you for speaking out. We have to publicly expose this corruption to prevent ongoing domestic abuse at the hands of the family court.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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Melinda,

I filed a complaint on Durell Douthit back in 2005, the point when I first realized what this attorney had done to myself and my family, and they did absolutely NOTHING at all.

Interestingly, many of the unethical professionals apart of my case, are listed as co-authors of the Hawaii Divorce Manual. Even Brenda Dickson's husband's attorney is one of them, as well.

Tracy
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Re:Durell Douthit's Ethics Violations 8 Years, 3 Months ago Karma: 0
We all feel he should pay for his unethical ways. But he has been hard to find, until now.

He lives at:

Mr. Durell Douthit
3423 Francis Street
Honolulu, HI 96815

Email: ddouthit@mac.com
Cell: 808-291-2486

Hope this information carries joy for many,

Good Luck,

Sandra W., James T., Donna H.
Luanne W., Veronica B.
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