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TCL > April 2004 Issue > Summaries of Disciplinary Opinions

The Colorado Lawyer
April 2004
Vol. 33, No. 4 [Page  139]

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From the Courts
Colorado Disciplinary Cases

Summaries of Disciplinary Opinions

The summaries for the Presiding Disciplinary Judge and Hearing Board are prepared by the Office of the Presiding Disciplinary Judge. The summaries of the decisions of the Presiding Disciplinary Judge are provided as a service by the Colorado Bar Association and are not the official language of the Decisions. The Colorado Bar Association cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the summaries.

Full copies of the Decisions generally follow the summaries pages. The summaries and full-text Decisions also are accessible from the CBA website: http://www.cobar.org (click on The Colorado Lawyer tab, then the appropriate issue). Decisions, including Exhibits, Complaints, and Amended Complaints and summaries, also are available at the Office of Presiding Disciplinary Judge website: http://www.coloradosupremecourt.com/PDJ/pdj.htm, as well as on LexisNexis® at http://www.lexis.com/research, by clicking on States Legal-U.S./Colorado/Cases/CO Supreme Court Disciplinary Opinions from 1999.



 

Summaries of Decisions Issued by the Presiding Disciplinary Judge

(Through January 23, 2004)

McDonnell v. People, No. 03PDJ063, 01/23/04. Attorney Readmitted.
John Philip McDonnell, Jr., attorney registration number 35330, was readmitted to the practice of law, effective January 26, 2004. p.141.

Summaries of Decisions Regarding Conditional Admissions of Misconduct
Issued by the Presiding Disciplinary Judge
(Through  January 30, 2004)

[The Presiding Disciplinary Judge’s approval of Conditional Admissions of Misconduct does not result in a written Opinion but only a brief Order, which does not constitute precedent. Conditional Admissions of Misconduct are public record and are available for review at the Office of the Presiding Disciplinary Judge, 600 17th St., Suite 510-South, Denver, CO 80202; (303) 825-2797. They are also available on LexisNexisTM at http://www.lexis.com/research by clicking on States Legal U.S./Colorado/Cases and Court Rules/By Court/Colorado Supreme Court Disciplinary Opinions.]

People v. Hahn, No. 03PDJ108, 12/30/03. Attorney Suspended.

The Presiding Disciplinary Judge approved the party’s Conditional Admission of Misconduct and suspended respondent James H. Hahn, attorney registration number 12811, from the practice of law for a period of thirty days, all stayed upon completion of a one-year period of probation subject to conditions. Respondent was administratively suspended from the practice of law for failure to comply with continuing education requirements. Alleging that he was unaware that he had been administratively suspended, respondent continued to practice law for a period of seven months, in violation of Colo. RPC 5.5(a). Additionally, respondent represented clients in a matter involving the purchase of an automobile. Respondent agreed to take action on behalf of the clients by contacting the dealership and the bank regarding the clients’ loan and failed to do so, in violation of Colo. RPC 1.3 and Colo. RPC 1.4(a) and (b). Respondent was ordered to pay the costs of the disciplinary proceeding.

People v. McBride, No. 03PDJ061, 01/28/04. Attorney Suspended.

The Presiding Disciplinary Judge approved the party’s Conditional Admission of Misconduct and suspended respondent John F. X. McBride, attorney registration number 13365, from the practice of law for a period of ninety days, all stayed upon completion of a one-year period of probation subject to conditions. Following respondent’s administrative suspension from the practice of law, he continued to practice for approximately two-and-a-half years, in violation of Colo. RPC 5.5(a). Respondent asserts he did not receive the order placing him on administrative suspension. Respondent was ordered to pay the costs of the disciplinary proceeding.

People v. Randolph, No. 03PDJ110, 12/30/03. Attorney Suspended.

The Presiding Disciplinary Judge approved the party’s Conditional Admission of Misconduct and suspended respondent James C. Randolph, attorney registration number 28084, from the practice of law for a period of sixty days, all stayed upon completion of a one-year period of probation subject to conditions. Respondent assisted a non-lawyer in the unauthorized practice of law, in violation of Colo. RPC 5.5(b), and shared legal fees with a non-lawyer, in violation of Colo. RPC 5.4(a). Respondent was ordered to pay the costs of the disciplinary proceeding.

People v. Taylor, No. 04PDJ001, 01/30/04. Attorney Suspended.

The Presiding Disciplinary Judge approved the party’s Conditional Admission of Misconduct and suspended respondent James M. Taylor, attorney registration number 22185, from the practice of law for a period of one year and one day, with all but sixty days stayed, followed by a one-year period of probation subject to conditions. The attorney discipline followed respondent’s administrative suspension from the practice of law for failing to comply with continuing legal education requirements. Respondent asserts he did not receive the order placing him on administrative suspension. While administratively suspended, he engaged in the practice of law, in violation of Colo. RPC 5.5(a) and Colo. RPC 3.4(c). Respondent was ordered to pay the costs of the disciplinary proceeding.

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