A prominent Newfoundland lawyer broke down during a disciplinary hearing Wednesday as he admitted breaking Law Society rules.

Doug Moores — who holds the Queen's Counsel designation for exceptional merit and contribution to his profession — has acknowledged he engaged in conduct unbecoming of a lawyer.

Moores, who has been a lawyer for 41 years, admitted he broke nine Law Society rules — including "failing to act with integrity" and "failing to avoid questionable conduct" — when he mishandled 11 real estate transactions between 2009 and 2011.

He did not pocket any money, and no one is out any cash. But Moores was not paying enough attention to what was going on at his office.

He cried several times during his hearing before the Law Society — especially when there was a reference to his wife, whose father was a judge, and his son, who is also a lawyer.

Moores apologized and said he is remorseful.

The Law Society's lawyer said Moores' licence should be suspended for 15 to 24 months, and possibly revoked.

Moores' lawyer said his client's actions were careless, but not intentional, and he should be suspended for one to six months.

Well-known in community

Moores is known for his volunteer work, involvement in sports, and past attempts at politics.

According to the biography on his law firm’s website, Moores chaired the 1992 Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games, was named alumnus of the year in 1998 by Memorial University, and has received a volunteer medal from the Newfoundland and Labrador government.

He announced his intention to run for the provincial Progressive Conservative leadership in the 1990s, but quickly withdrew, citing health reasons.