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8. 4(b) (criminal conduct), and
8. 4(c) (conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation).
KIRK A. GUINN
Bar No.: 015448; File No. 15-0660
PDJ No. 2015-9112
By judgment and order dated
March 28, 2016, the presiding disciplinary judge accepted an agreement
for discipline by consent by which
Kirk A. Guinn, Mesa, Ariz., was
reprimanded. He also was assessed
the costs and expenses of the disciplinary proceeding in the amount of
In the underlying matter, Mr.
Guinn, a bankruptcy attorney, failed
to disclose required financial information in his personal bankruptcy
filings. As a result, on Oct. 7, 2014,
Mr. Guinn and the Trustee filed
a Joint Stipulated Judgment and
Waiver of Discharge under which
Guinn agreed to be permanently
denied a discharge of his personal
debts listed in the bankruptcy or
that could have been included in the
schedules in the case.
Aggravating factors: None.
Mitigating factor: Absence of a
prior disciplinary record.
Mr. Guinn violated Rule 42,
ARIZ.R.S.CT., specifically ER 8. 4(d).
KRISTOFER E. HALVORSON
Bar No. 016525; File No. 15-2381
PDJ No. 2016-9006
By final judgment and order dated
May 5, 2016, a discipline hearing
panel suspended Mr. Halvorson
for six months and one day, consecutive to his current suspension of
one year in PDJ-2015-9001. The
hearing panel ordered Mr. Halvorson to pay his client restitution
of $5,245 and to pay costs and
expenses of $2,000.
In the sole count, Mr. Halvor-
son was hired to obtain a patent
and/or trademark for his client but
later abandoned his client causing
the dismissal of the patent petition.
After filing the petition, Mr. Hal-
vorson disappeared and rendered
no further services (later, he quit
practicing law and obtained a
non-lawyer job). Accordingly, Mr.
Halvorson failed to abide by the
client’s authority, failed to act dili-
gently during the representation,
and failed to communicate with the
client. Mr. Halvorson also failed to
account for prepaid fees, failed to
withdraw from the representation,
and failed to respond to the State
Bar’s requests for information dur-
ing its investigation.
The discipline hearing panel
found four aggravating factors:
prior disciplinary offenses, pattern
of misconduct, multiple offenses,
and substantial experience in the
practice of law ( 20 years). There
were no mitigating factors.
Mr. Halvorson violated Rule
42, ARIZ.R.S.CT., ERs 1. 2, 1. 3,
1. 4, 1. 5, 1. 16, 8. 1(b), and 8. 4(d);
and Rule 54(d)( 2), ARIZ.R.S.CT.
TERENCE J. HISLOP
Bar No. 026963; File No. 15-0669
PDJ No. 2016-9032
By Final Judgment and Order
dated April 4, 2016, the presid-
ing disciplinary judge accepted an
agreement for discipline by consent
by which Terence J. Hislop, Phoe-
nix, was reprimanded and placed on
probation for one year. Mr. Hislop
must participate in the State Bar’s
Law Office Management Assistance
Program; attend the State Bar’s
Trust Account Ethics Enhancement
Program CLE; retain an accountant
to prepare necessary documents and
report on what amounts of money
need to be paid to clients or third
parties; and abide by the accoun-
tant’s findings. Mr. Hislop also was
assessed the costs and expenses of
the disciplinary proceeding totaling
Mr. Hislop committed numerous trust account violations by
commingling and converting client
funds for an extended period. The
parties agreed that he was grossly
negligent in mismanaging his trust
account but did not steal client
funds. Also, his written contingent
fee agreements did not state the
method by which the fee was to
be determined, or other required
Aggravating factors: a pattern of
misconduct, and multiple offenses.
Mitigating factors: absence of
a prior disciplinary record, absence