Aggravating factors: Prior disciplinary offenses, dishonest or selfish motive, a pattern of misconduct and substantial experience in the practice
Mitigating factor: Full and free disclosure to
the disciplinary board or cooperative attitude
Mr. Patterson was found to have violated
Rule 42, Ariz.R.S.Ct., specifically ERs 1. 2(a),
1. 3, 1. 4, 1. 5, 1. 16, 3. 2, and 8. 4(d). Mr. Patterson
also was ordered to pay restitution of $3,304.20
along with costs and expenses of $1,200.
DAVID J. WOLF
Bar No. 012946; File No. 11-3917
PDJ No. 2013-9056
By judgment and order dated Aug. 29, 2013, the
presiding disciplinary judge accepted an agreement for discipline by consent and reprimanded
David J. Wolf, Phoenix, effective immediately.
Mr. Wolf represented a mentally ill criminal
defendant in a drug case and allowed her to live
with him for a brief period during the representation. He missed court dates due to what he
claimed were mistaken calendaring and secretarial problems and failed to notify the client of her
court dates. The client’s failure to appear led to a
court-issued bench warrant for her arrest, which
was later quashed. In addition, Mr. Wolf failed
timely to request and obtain the client’s mental
health treatment records and declined to seek
a psychological evaluation even though she
In a separate case for the same client, Mr. Wolf
agitated a judge by failing to personally appear for
a sentencing hearing, appearing instead by telephone. Also, his secretary obtained a duplicate
copy of the client’s driver’s license for fake ID but
“changed” the client’s address so the fake ID
would be mailed to the secretary at Mr. Wolf’s
office. By the time Mr. Wolf learned of this, he
already had terminated the secretary over filing
and calendaring lapses.
In addition to the reprimand, Mr. Wolf was
placed on probation for one year and must view
the Bar’s “Ten Deadly Sins of Conflict” and
“Protecting Your Business From Employee
Theft” self-study programs, and to engage in fee
arbitration with the client.
Aggravating factors: prior disciplinary offenses, multiple offenses, vulnerability of victim, and
substantial experience in the practice of law.
Mitigating factors: absence of a dishonest or
selfish motive, full and free disclosure to a disciplinary board or cooperative attitude toward proceedings, and physical disability.
Mr. Wolf violated Rule 42, Ariz.R.S.Ct.,
specifically ERs 1. 2, 1. 3, 1. 4, 1. 7, 5. 3, and
8. 4(d). Mr. Wolf also was ordered to pay the State
Bar’s costs and expenses of $1,214.42.
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