costs and expenses of the disciplinary proceeding. Upon reinstatement, Mr. Scileppi shall be
placed on probation for six months, with terms
requiring him to participate in the State Bar’s
Law Office Management Assistance Program.
Mr. Scileppi failed to appear for court
hearings in three different matters, failed to
adequately communicate with his client in one
matter, and failed to show a copy of a plea
agreement to his client in a criminal matter.
Aggravating factors: A pattern of miscon-
duct, multiple offenses and substantial experi-
ence in the practice of law.
Mitigating factor: Lack of a prior discipli-
Mr. Scileppi violated Rule 42, ARIZ.R.S.CT.,
specifically ERs 1. 3, 1. 4, 3. 4(c) and 8. 4(d).
Bar No. 20682; File No. 2013-9022
PDJ No. 2013-9022
By Arizona Supreme Court order filed Jan. 7,
2014, Hubert S. Sinchak’s application for reinstatement was dismissed.
GEORGE A. TACKER
Bar No. 019325; File Nos. 11-1995, 12-1624
PDJ No. 2013-9047
By the presiding disciplinary judge’s judgment
and order dated Nov. 4, 2013, accepting the
parties’ agreement for discipline by consent,
George A. Tacker, Phoenix, was suspended for
six months and one day, effective Dec. 4, 2013.
Prior to applying for reinstatement, Mr. Tacker
must pay a former client $22,000 and file certain documents in Bankruptcy Court as ordered
by a Bankruptcy Court judge. If reinstated, Mr.
Tacker will be on probation for two years during which he must enroll with the State Bar’s
Law Office Management Assistance Program
and attend specified continuing legal education
programs. He also was assessed the costs and
expenses of the disciplinary proceeding.
In count one, Mr. Tacker represented a
client in Bankruptcy Court. He failed to file
a notice of appearance or an application to
employ counsel, or to obtain approval of his
attorney fees. He missed a status conference
due to miscalendaring the time, refused to provide the client with an itemized billing statement, and sent a copy of an email containing
client confidences to third persons. When Mr.
Tacker and the client became embroiled in a fee
dispute, Mr. Tacker was permitted to withdraw
from the representation but failed to give the
client the case file. The bankruptcy judge
ordered Mr. Tacker to file his fee agreements,
an accounting of fees, applications for employment, fee applications, and filings required by
rule, but Mr. Tacker failed to do so. The court
ordered Mr. Tacker to pay the client $22,000
but he also failed to obey that order.
In count two, Mr. Tacker miscalendared a
changed trial date, resulting in his and his
clients’ failure to appear, causing the court to
presiding disciplinary judge suspended Roberto
Salazar, Phoenix, for 30 days for failing to com-
ply with the terms of his probation in PDJ No.
2012-9109. Specifically, Mr. Salazar failed to
pay a fee arbitration award within the designat-
ed time frame for doing so.
By judgment and order dated Jan. 16,
2014, the presiding disciplinary judge also
accepted an agreement for discipline by consent
by which Mr. Salazar was suspended for five
years. Mr. Salazar was ordered to pay restitution
to certain clients and ordered to participate in
fee arbitration with other clients. Mr. Salazar
was ordered to pay the State Bar’s costs and
expenses of the disciplinary proceeding in the
amount of $5,089.25.
The consent agreement involved Mr.
Salazar’s conduct in 18 matters. In four of the
matters, Mr. Salazar agreed to represent clients
in immigration-removal proceedings but failed
to submit applications for cancellation of
removal, resulting in deportation orders being
issued against his clients. In these matters, Mr.
Salazar did not timely advise his clients that
he had failed to file the applications for cancellation of removal and did not advise them
of certain immigration court orders, including
the deportation orders. In other matters, Mr.
Salazar either advised his clients that they qualified for certain immigration relief when they
did not, advised his clients that certain immigration relief was available but failed to inform
them of the correct time frame for obtaining
such relief, or failed to pursue certain available
immigration relief. He also failed to prepare
for immigration hearings, failed to prepare his
clients for the same, and failed to communicate
with clients or provide them status updates. In
a criminal matter, he did not attend a sentencing hearing for his client, which resulted in the
court having to continue the sentencing. In
another criminal matter, he advised his client
that he would file a motion to modify the
client’s bond but then never did so. In the same
matter, he failed to communicate a plea offer to
Aggravating factors: prior disciplinary
offenses, a pattern of misconduct and multiple
offenses, and vulnerability of victims.
Mitigating factor: full and free disclosure to
disciplinary board or cooperative attitude
Mr. Salazar violated Rule 42, ARIZ.R.S.CT.,
specifically ERs 1. 1, 1. 2, 1. 3, 1. 4, 1. 5(a),
1. 5(b), 1. 5(d)( 3), 1. 15(d), 1. 16(d), 3. 1, 3. 2,
3. 4(c), 8. 4(c) and 8. 4(d), and Rule 54(c),
Bar No. 021591; File No. 13-1001
PDJ No. 2013-9073
By the presiding disciplinary judge’s Jan. 14,
2014, judgment and order, Christopher
Scileppi, Tucson, was suspended for 60 days
effective April 1, 2014. He also was assessed the
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