Mr. Armenta violated Rule 42, ARIZ.R.S.CT.,
ERs 1. 5(d)( 3), 1. 7(a)( 2), and 1. 8(j).
MARY D. BROWN
Bar No. 019409; File No. 16-1176
PDJ No. 2016-9037
By order of the presiding disciplinary judge dated
May 19, 2016, Mary D. Brown, Salt Lake City,
was reprimanded based on a reciprocal discipline
proceeding. Earlier, the Utah Supreme Court
issued an order of reprimand.
Ms. Brown represented Suzane Chambers in
a divorce case. Paul Chambers, her husband, was
represented by Fred Anderson. The Law Offices
of Lundberg and Associates scheduled a foreclosure sale of the Chambers’ real property for Jan.
22, 2014. That day Ms. Brown filed a Chapter
13 bankruptcy, listing herself as counsel for
debtor Paul Chambers. She filed the petition and
supporting documents using her ECF authorization, and the documents appeared to have her
and Mr. Chambers’ signature authorization. In
the petition Ms. Brown falsely stated that she
had explained the bankruptcy options to the
After filing the petition and related documents, Ms. Brown contacted Lundberg and
Associates and advised of the filing. They cancelled the scheduled foreclosure sale. Although
Ms. Brown had discussed with Mr. Anderson the
possibility of filing the Chapter 13 case to protect
the Chambers’ home from the foreclosure sale,
she did not have authority from Mr. Anderson or
Mr. Chambers to file the petition in the latter’s
name. When Mr. Anderson told Ms. Brown that
she did not have authority and that Mr. Chambers did not give her consent to file the petition,
Ms. Brown filed a Notice of Voluntary Dismissal
of the Bankruptcy Petition.
This matter came to the attention of the
Bankruptcy Court, and Ms. Brown entered into
a Stipulation and Consent to Sanctions. Her use
of the electronic filing system was suspended for
one year, she was required to self-report her misconduct to disciplinary authorities, and she was
required to write a letter of apology. Ms. Brown
entered into a stipulation for discipline for violating ERs 1. 2, 3. 3, and 8. 4(d).
EDWIN M. GAINES, JR.
Bar No. 007006; File No. 15-3016
PDJ No. 2016-9048
On May 18, 2016, the presiding disciplinary
judge issued a final judgment and order, and a
decision and order accepting discipline by consent, filed on May 11, 2016, by which Edwin
M. Gaines, Jr., Sonoita, Ariz., was reprimanded.
Mr. Gaines also was placed on probation for
two years and ordered to participate in the State
Bar’s Member Assistance Program. He also was
assessed $1,200 for the costs and expenses of the
On Sept. 25, 2015, Mr. Gaines pled guilty to
Aggravated Driving or Actual Physical Control
while Under the Influence of Intoxicating Liquor
or Drugs, a Class 6 Undesignated Felony. Gaines
violated Rule 42, ARIZ.R.S.CT., ER 8. 4(b), which
prohibits engaging in a criminal act that reflects
adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness
or fitness as a lawyer in other respects.
Aggravating factors were substantial experi-
ence in the practice of law, and illegal conduct.
Mitigating factors were absence of prior disci-
plinary record, personal or emotional problems,
full and free disclosure to disciplinary board
or cooperative attitude towards proceedings, and
ANDREW P. LAHSER
Bar No. 022544; File No. 15-1725
PDJ No. 2016-9051
By the presiding disciplinary judge’s May 20,
2016, judgment and order, Andrew P. Lahser,
Scottsdale, Ariz., was suspended from the practice of law for six months and one day effective
June 20, 2016. Mr. Lahser also was assessed
$1,200 for the costs and expenses of the disciplinary proceeding.
Mr. Lahser represented Mindset Marketing
Solutions, LLC and Michael Weintraub
(“Healthy Offers”) in a patent application and
trademark matter. Healthy Offers fired Mr.
Lahser and hired a new lawyer due to Mr. Lahser’s lack of diligence and communication with
Healthy Offers. Mr. Lahser made mistakes with
respect to patent filings on behalf of Healthy
Offers. During his attempts to correct the filing
mistakes, Mr. Lahser was not diligent in keeping
his client apprised of the filing error and correction process, or in tracking the client funds he
used to correct his errors.
Mr. Lahser also took Healthy Offers’ money
to file a trademark application that he never filed.
Health Offers’ new attorney helped Healthy
Offers negotiate a settlement agreement with Mr.
Lahser to repay the money that he had misappropriated.
Mr. Lahser violated Rule 42, ARIZ.R.S.CT.,
ERs 1. 2, 1. 3, 1. 4, 1. 5, 1. 15, and 1. 16.
Aggravating factors were multiple offenses
and substantial experience in the practice of law.
Mitigating factors were absence of disciplinary
record, and remorse.
J. CRAIG MEHRENS
Bar No. 019205; File Nos. 14-2877, 15-0545
PDJ No. 2015-9127
On April 28, 2016, the presiding disciplinary
judge issued a final judgment and order accept-
ing an agreement for discipline by consent by
which J. Craig Mehrens, Phoenix, was suspended
for 30 days effective June 1, 2016. Mr. Mehrens
was assessed $1,200 for the costs and expenses
of the disciplinary proceedings. Upon reinstate-
ment, Mr. Mehrens will be placed on probation
for two years and will undergo a State Bar Mem-
ber Assessment Program alcohol screening assess-
ment and an assessment for anger management
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