caused his transfer to disability inactive status
is no longer active.” Mr. Brandriet, however,
remained on disability inactive status.
Mr. Brandriet failed to maintain trust
account records, failed to properly safeguard
client funds, and knowingly failed to promptly
respond to lawful demands and requests for
information by bar counsel.
Mr. Brandriet failed to deposit funds belonging to clients in the trust account and failed to
hold those funds until a dispute with the bankruptcy trustee was resolved. Mr. Brandriet’s trust
account had a negative balance for at least two
months in 2003. He failed to appear at a return
hearing and knowingly failed to file a statement
in response to the complaint for sanctions filed
by the bankruptcy trustee’s attorney. Mr.
Brandriet’s misconduct used finite judicial
Mr. Brandriet has made no effort to pay
Aggravating factors: dishonest or selfish
motive, multiple offenses, bad-faith obstruction
of the disciplinary proceeding by intentionally
failing to comply with the rules or orders of
the disciplinary agency, refusal to acknowledge
wrongful nature of conduct, and indifference to
Mr. Brandriet violated Rule 42, specifically
ERs 1. 15(a) and (c), 3. 4(c), 8. 1(b), and 8. 4(d),
and former Rules 43, 44, 1 51(h) 2 and 53(c),
FRED L. HOWE
Bar No. 013270; File Nos. 12-1849, 12-2586, 13-
PDJ No. 2014-9055
By the presiding disciplinary judge’s order dated
Oct. 27, 2014, Fred L. Howe, Surprise, was disbarred and ordered to pay restitution and the
costs and expenses of the disciplinary proceeding.
Mr. Howe engaged in misconduct associated
with his representation of four clients. In one
case, Mr. Howe failed to file a response to a
motion to discontinue child-support payments
pending a hearing on a motion to modify child
support and legal custody. As a result, the court
entered an order discontinuing child-support
payments until further notice, which caused a
temporary discontinuance of child-support
payments to his client. Mr. Howe also failed to
adequately communicate with his client or her
CAUTION! Nearly 17,000 attorneys are eligible
to practice law in Arizona. Many attorneys
share the same names. All discipline reports
should be read carefully for names, addresses
and Bar numbers.
1. Rule 44, ARIZ.R.S.CT., in effect at the time
of the violations, was combined with Rule
43 and has since been reserved.
2. In effect in 2002; the current rule is Rule
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