was suspended due to his Arizona license suspension. Mr. De Costa had not told the client
of the outcome of the 2006 proceedings and,
on termination of the representation, did not
explain to the client the ramifications of the
Arizona proceedings on his Illinois license.
In count six, before he was suspended Mr.
De Costa accepted $1,500 to file an immigration petition for a client. Mr. De Costa’s
secretary gave the client a copy of a receipt
(XXXX271) ostensibly issued by the United
States Citizenship and Immigration Services
purporting to show that her I-130 petition was
filed on June 13, 2010. The receipt reflects that
a $355 filing fee was paid. After Mr. De Costa
was suspended the client was unable to obtain a
status on her petition. In 2014 she learned from
USCIS that the receipt ending in 271 pertained
to someone else and that no I-130 petition was
on file for her. USCIS officers confirmed to the
client’s new attorney that Mr. De Costa or
someone in his office edited a legitimate I-130
receipt, probably pertaining to a different
client, to create the appearance that he had filed
an I-130 for this client. Mr. De Costa denied
that he or his former legal assistant falsified the
receipt. New counsel filed an I-130 for the
client but the process was delayed by four years.
Aggravating factors: prior disciplinary
offenses; dishonest or selfish motive; pattern of
misconduct; multiple offenses; submission of
false evidence, false statements, or other deceptive practices during the disciplinary process;
vulnerability of victims; substantial experience
in the practice of law; indifference to making
restitution; and illegal conduct.
Mitigating factors: cooperative attitude
toward proceedings and remorse.
Mr. De Costa violated Rule 42,
Ariz.R.S.Ct., specifically ERs 1. 3, 1. 4(a) and
(b), 1. 5(a), 1. 6(a), 1. 15(d), 1. 16(d), 3. 3(a),
3. 4(c), 5. 5(a) and (b), 8. 1(a), and 8. 4(b), (c),
and (d); and Rule 72, ARIZ.R.S.CT.
KRISTOFER E. HALVORSON
Bar No. 016525; File Nos. 14-1937, 14-2409, 14-
PDJ No. 2015-9001
By amended final judgment and order dated
May 19, 2015, the presiding disciplinary judge
suspended Kristofer E. Halvorson, Gilbert,
Ariz., for one year and ordered that Mr.
Halvorson pay each of the clients restitution in
the following amounts: count I, $4,675; count
II, $6,633.50; and count III, $750. Mr.
Halvorson also was ordered to pay costs and
expenses totaling $2,019.20.
In all three counts, clients hired Mr.
Halvorson to obtain certain patents and/or
trademarks but he failed to abide by the clients’
authority, failed to act diligently during the representation and failed to reasonably communicate with the clients. Mr. Halvorson also failed
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