Bar No. 013135; File No. 13-9097
PDJ No. 2013-9097
Supreme Court No. SB-14-0017-R
By order filed July 11, 2014, the Arizona
Supreme Court dismissed Theodore Abrams’s
application for reinstatement after finding that
he failed to establish that he is qualified for
reinstatement to active bar membership.
TROY L. BROWN
Bar No. 016400; File No. 12-1767
PDJ No. 2013-9057
On May 28, 2014, the Arizona Supreme Court
affirmed a hearing panel decision that Troy L.
Brown, Phoenix, be suspended for one year.
If reinstated, Mr. Brown will be placed on
probation for two years. He was also assessed
the costs and expenses of the disciplinary proceeding.
Mr. Brown was sanctioned by the court for
failing to withdraw a satisfaction of judgment
that he drafted, but that was filed by his client,
who was the debtor. Rather than withdraw the
inaccurate satisfaction of judgment, Mr. Brown
filed a notice of compliance with the court’s
order. Opposing counsel moved to strike both
documents, which the court granted, and
Mr. Brown and his client were ordered to pay
opposing party’s attorney’s fees of $3,464.75.
The client paid the sanction. Mr. Brown told
the judge that bar counsel had told him the satisfaction of judgment was a nullity. He also told
the judge and the State Bar that he had been
withdrawn from the matter, when in fact he
told the client she could take care of the matter
herself and then he withdrew.
Mr. Brown failed to withdraw the satisfaction of judgment after he became aware it was
factually inaccurate and the opposing counsel
requested it be withdrawn. He misled the court
about advice he received from bar counsel and
further misled the court about withdrawing
He also did not competently represent his
client. He incorrectly advised his client that she
could unilaterally offset unpaid medical bills
against a judgment entered in favor of her husband.
Aggravating factors: prior disciplinary
offenses; submission of false evidence, false
statements, or other deceptive practices during
the disciplinary process; refusal to acknowledge
wrongful nature of misconduct; substantial
experience in the practice of law; and indifference to making restitution.
There were no mitigating factors.
Mr. Brown violated Rule 42, ARIZ.R.S.CT.,
specifically ERs 1. 1, 3. 1, 3. 3(a)( 3), and 8. 4(c)
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