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.
HONORS & AWARDS
Aggravating factors: dishonest or selfish motive, a pattern of misconduct, multiple offenses,
bad faith obstruction of the disciplinary proceeding by intentionally failing to comply with rules
or orders of the disciplinary agency, refusal to
acknowledge the wrongful nature of his conduct,
vulnerability of the victims, substantial experience in the practice of law, and indifference to
Mitigating factor: absence of a prior disciplinary record.
Mr. Rush violated Rule 42, ARIZ.R.S.CT.,
ERs 1. 2(a), 1. 3, 1. 4(a), 1. 4(b), 1. 5(a), 1. 15(d),
1. 16(d), 3. 4(c), 8. 1(b), and ER 8. 4(d); and
Rules 54(c) and 54(d)( 2), ARIZ.R.S.CT.
LYNDON B. STEIMEL
Bar No. 011733; File No. 16-0409
PDJ No. 2016-9085
By final judgment and order dated Feb. 14,
2017, following a one-day hearing, Lyndon B.
Steimel, Scottsdale, was suspended for six months.
He also was ordered to pay restitution of $5,000,
and to comply with a district court order for
attorneys’ fees and costs totaling $14,977.50.
Mr. Steimel also was assessed the costs and
expenses of the disciplinary proceeding totaling
In prosecuting the appeal of a bankruptcy
court order, Mr. Steimel filed a brief exceeding
the length permitted by local rule, failed to seek
leave of court to file the over-length brief, and
failed to file a statement of issues and designation
of record. Despite being warned of such deficiencies, Mr. Steimel failed to take remedial action. As
a result, the appeal was dismissed with prejudice.
Mr. Steimel did not tell his client of the dismissal for several months following the ruling
and was evasive when his client sought updates
regarding the case. Mr. Steimel also failed to
obtain his client’s consent before seeking leave
to file a motion for reconsideration of the ruling.
In finding that the manner in which Mr. Steimel
prosecuted the appeal was so deficient as to be
frivolous, the district court awarded the opposing party $12,750 in fees, plus $2,227.50 in
Aggravating factors: prior discipline, dishonest or selfish motive, a pattern of misconduct,
multiple offenses, substantial experience in the
practice of law, and indifference to making restitution.
There were no mitigating factors.
Mr. Steimel violated Rule 42, ARIZ.R.S.CT.,
ERs 1. 3 , 1. 4, 1. 5, 3. 1, 4. 4(a), and 8. 4(d).
Adam Baugh was promoted from partner to
owner at Withey Morris, Phoenix. He joined the
land use law firm in 2007 as an associate, and he
focuses his practice in working with cities and
neighborhoods on behalf of development clients
to obtain zoning and land use entitlements, business approvals and liquor licenses. He also has
experience working with infill development projects across the Valley.
Joe Clees was elected to the Board of Directors at
Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC,
Phoenix. He joined the employment and labor
firm in 2005 as the founding and managing
shareholder of the firm’s Phoenix office. He represents employers in Arizona and across the
United States in employment litigation and labor
Greg Adams and Anthony Austin were promoted to Director in the Phoenix office of
Adams represents clients in both the Gila
River Adjudication and the Little Colorado River
Adjudication pending in Arizona State courts.
He also has represented clients on water rights
and environmental matters. Austin practices in the
areas of bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, and restructuring. He represents financial institutions, debtors, creditors, and trustees.
The firm also announced that Phoenix partner Dawn Meidinger was appointed the Practice
Group Chair of the firm’s natural resources,
energy and environmental law practice group.
She practices in the area of natural resources, real
estate and environmental law, with a focus on
mining, public land utilization (state and federal)
Ted Vogt was appointed Executive Director by
the Arizona Corporation Commission. He formerly was Director of Legislative and Regulatory
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