Bar No. 028662; File No. 15-0420
PDJ No. 2015-9083
By final judgment and order dated Sept. 3, 2015,
Patrick Camunez was suspended from the practice of law for one month effective 30 days from
the date of the order. Upon reinstatement, Mr.
Camunez will be placed on one year’s probation
and complete 15 hours of ethics-related continuing legal education.
Mr. Camunez misrepresented to a potential
employer the substance of a prior disciplinary offense. Camunez was admonished by the Attorney
Discipline Probable Cause Committee on Aug.
29, 2014, for altering an email from the Office of
Chief Counsel, National Guard Bureau, to help
facilitate a promotion. While interviewing for a
general counsel position in 2015, Mr. Camunez
misrepresented that he was disciplined in 2014
for failing to report a supervisor’s breach of at-torney/client privilege, not for altering an email.
There were three aggravating factors: prior
disciplinary offenses, a pattern of misconduct,
and dishonest or selfish motive,.
There was one mitigating factor: cooperative
attitude toward proceedings.
Mr. Camunez violated Rule 41(g),
ARIZ.R.S.CT., and Rule 42, ARIZ.R.S.CT., ER
JOSEPH J. LODGE
Bar No. 013306; File No. 14-2170
PDJ No. 2015-9073
By judgment and order dated Aug. 11, 2015, the
presiding disciplinary judge accepted an agreement for discipline by consent by which Joseph
J. Lodge, Flagstaff, was suspended for six months
and one day effective Sept. 11, 2015. Upon reinstatement, Mr. Lodge will be placed on probation on terms to be determined at that time. Mr.
Lodge also was assessed the costs and expenses of
the disciplinary proceeding of $1,200.
In 2012, Mr. Lodge was charged with ex-
treme DUI or having a blood alcohol content
(BAC) of 0.20 or greater, and with driving while
impaired to the slightest degree, both class- 1 mis-
demeanors. In 2013, he pled guilty to having a
BAC of 0.15 or more but less than 0.20. The
court sentenced Lodge to 30 days in jail with 21
days suspended and 9 days served, and ordered
him to undergo alcohol screening and equip his
car with an ignition interlock device for one year.
In 2014, Lodge was charged with nine counts
of aggravated DUI, all class- 4 felonies. On April
15, 2015, he pled guilty to aggravated DUI—im-
paired, a class- 4 felony; endangerment, a class- 6
undesignated felony; and driving under the in-
fluence of alcohol—extreme (BAC of 0.15 or
more) a class- 1 misdemeanor. The court entered
judgment finding Lodge guilty of the endanger-
ment and extreme DUI counts but deferred en-
try of judgment on the aggravated DUI count.
The court imposed probation for two years and
ordered Lodge to be admitted into the Drug
Court Program. The court also sentenced Lodge
to serve 30 days in the Coconino County Jail and
up to 364 additional days, which were suspended
subject to further court review. Finally, the court
ordered Lodge to equip any vehicle that he op-
erates with an ignition interlock device for 12
months upon conclusion of his license suspension
Aggravating factors: pattern of misconduct;
substantial experience in the practice of law; and
Mitigating factors: absence of a prior disciplinary record; full and free disclosure to disciplinary board or cooperative attitude towards
proceedings; and imposition of other penalties or
Mr. Lodge violated Rule 42, ARIZ.R.S.CT.,
specifically ER 8. 4(b).
ANDREA ELIZABETH MOUSER
Bar No. 023967; File Nos. 14-2355, 14-2765
PDJ No. 2015-9075
By final judgment and order dated Sept. 3,
2015, the presiding disciplinary judge accepted
an agreement for discipline by consent by which
Andrea Elizabeth Mouser, Scottsdale, was suspended for six months and one day. She also was
assessed the costs and expenses of the disciplinary
proceeding in the amount of $1,200.
In count one, Ms. Mouser knowingly misrepresented to her law partners that the State Bar
selected their new firm for a “random audit” of
the firm’s internal procedures. In truth, the State
Bar’s Law Office Management Assistance Program conducted an audit of Mouser’s compliance
with probation terms imposed in previous discipline cases (State Bar File Nos. 10-1301, 10-
1978, 11-1589), which required participation by
her partners. In count two, in a family law case
Ms. Mouser filed with the court a notice of lodging and stipulated order relating to a parenting
plan. Ms. Mouser misrepresented to the court
that the parties agreed to the parenting plan
when the parties had not so agreed.
There were four aggravating factors: prior
disciplinary offenses; dishonest or selfish motive;
a pattern of misconduct; and multiple offenses.
There were no mitigating factors present.
Ms. Mouser violated Rule 42, ARIZ.R.S.CT.,
ERs 3. 3, 8. 4(c), and 8. 4(d).
THOMAS C. NICKEL
Bar No. 012539; File No. 15-0271
PDJ No. 2015-9087
By final judgment and order dated Sept. 8, 2015,
Thomas C. Nickel, Phoenix, was reprimanded
and placed on probation for one year. Mr. Nickel
must undergo a Law Office Management Assistance Program evaluation and comply with any
Mr. Nickel failed to maintain communication
with a bankruptcy client, causing the client to
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