Mr. Lerch misappropriated approximately
$80,000 from his client trust account and converted those funds for his own benefit. Mr.
Lerch used the funds to make the final restitution payment due under an agreement for discipline by consent in a separate disciplinary proceeding. Mr. Lerch has since repaid the funds.
Aggravating factors: prior disciplinary
offense in 2011, dishonest or selfish motive, and
substantial experience in the practice of law.
Mitigating factors: timely good-faith effort
to make restitution or to rectify consequences of
misconduct, full and free disclosure to disciplinary board and cooperative attitude towards
proceedings, and remorse.
Mr. Lerch violated Rule 42, ARIZ.R.S.CT.,
specifically ERs 1. 15, 8. 4(b), 8. 4(c) and 8. 4(d).
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C. THOMAS MASON
Bar No. 019534; File Nos. 11-2317, 12-0134
PDJ No. 2012-9077
By judgment and order of the presiding disciplinary judge dated Dec. 13, 2012, C. Thomas
Mason, Tucson, was suspended for one year
effective immediately. He also was assessed the
costs and expenses of the disciplinary proceeding and ordered to pay restitution and participate in fee arbitration. As a condition of any
future reinstatement he will be required to complete the Multi-State Professional Responsibility
Examination and shall be placed on probation
for a period of two years.
The suspension was based on a two-count
complaint. In the first matter, Mr. Mason failed
to return client funds, failed to reasonably communicate with his client and failed to diligently
perform work. In the second matter, he failed
to provide competent representation, failed to
reasonably communicate with his clients and
failed to expedite litigation resulting in his
clients’ case being dismissed with prejudice.
Mr. Mason failed to respond to the State Bar in
Aggravating factors: pattern of misconduct,
multiple offenses and indifference to making
Mitigating factor: absence of dishonest
or selfish motive and personal or emotional
Mr. Mason violated Rule 42, ARIZ.R.S.CT.,
specifically ERs 1. 1, 1. 3, 1. 4, 1. 15(d), 1. 16(d),
3. 2, 8. 1(b), and 8. 4(d), and Rule 54(d),
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RAYMOND L. MILLER
Bar No. 011011; File No. 12-9100
Supreme Court No. SB-12-0058-D
On Nov. 14, 2012, the presiding disciplinary
judge issued an order recommending that the
State Bar’s motion seeking the interim suspension of Raymond L. Miller be granted. By
Arizona Supreme Court order filed Dec. 4,
2012, Mr. Miller, Chandler, Ariz., was placed
on interim suspension, effective Jan. 18, 2013.
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