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The Colorado Lawyer
January 2009
Vol. 38, No. 1 [Page  99]

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From the Courts
Colorado Disciplinary Cases

Disciplinary Case Summaries

The summaries of disciplinary case Opinions and Conditional Admissions of Misconduct are prepared by the Office of the Presiding Disciplinary Judge (PDJ) and are provided as a service by the Colorado Bar Association (CBA). The CBA cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the summaries.

The full text of the disciplinary Opinions follows the summaries page(s). The summaries and full-text Opinions also are accessible from the CBA website: www.cobar.org (click on "Opinions/Rules/Statutes"). Opinions, including exhibits, complaints, amended complaints, and summaries, also are available at the PDJ website, www.coloradosupremecourt.com/PDJ/pdj.htm, and on LexisNexis.®


Summaries of Decisions Regarding
Conditional Admissions of Misconduct Issued by the PDJ

The PDJ’s approval of a Conditional Admission 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 PDJ, 1560 Broadway, Ste. 675, Denver, CO 80202; (303) 866-6658; www.coloradosupremecourt.com/PDJ/pdj.htm. They also are available on LexisNexis.®

No. 08PDJ048. People v. Benigsohn. 10/24/2008. Attorney Suspension Stayed (Except for Sixty Days) Pending Completion of Two-Year Probation.

The PDJ approved a Conditional Admission of Misconduct submitted by the parties and suspended William Lloyd Benigsohn, attorney registration number 29331, from the practice of law for one year and one day. All but sixty days of the suspension were stayed pending the successful completion of a two-year period of probation. The suspension was effective November 24, 2008.

Respondent knowingly neglected two client matters and knowingly failed to communicate with both clients. He also made a misleading statement to his client in one of the matters. Respondent negligently practiced law while administratively suspended from practicing. His misconduct constituted grounds for the imposition of discipline pursuant to C.R.C.P. 251.5, and violated Colo. RPC 1.3, 1.4, 5.5, and 8.4(c) and (d).

No. 08PDJ108. People v. Box. 11/19/2008. Thirty-Day Attorney Suspension Stayed Pending Completion of One-Year Probation. The PDJ approved a Conditional Admission of Misconduct submitted by the parties and suspended Ruth Ann Box, attorney registration number 38879, from the practice of law for thirty days. The suspension was stayed pending the successful completion of a one-year period of probation with conditions. The sanction was effective November 19, 2008.

On April 2, 2008, respondent entered a guilty plea to misdemeanor child abuse. She received a deferred judgment and sentence with supervised probation. Respondent’s misconduct constituted grounds for the imposition of discipline pursuant to C.R.C.P. 251.5, and violated Colo. RPC 8.4(b) and C.R.C.P. 251.5(b).

No. 08PDJ099. People v. Soliz. 11/4/2008. Six-Month Attorney Suspension.

The PDJ approved a Conditional Admission of Misconduct submitted by the parties and suspended Chad Christopher Soliz, attorney registration number 31327, from the practice of law for six months, with the requirement of reinstatement proceedings pursuant to C.R.C.P. 251.29(c)–(e). The suspension was effective December 5, 2008.

Respondent knowingly neglected a legal matter, recklessly failed to transfer unearned fees into his COLTAF account, and knowingly failed to provide an accounting to his client. His misconduct constituted grounds for the imposition of discipline pursuant to C.R.C.P. 251.5, and violated Colo. RPC 1.3 and 1.15(a)–(c).

No. 08PDJ042. People v. Wuthrich. 11/4/2008. Attorney Disbarment.

The PDJ approved a Conditional Admission of Misconduct submitted by the parties and disbarred Todd E. Wuthrich, attorney registration number 33308, from the practice of law. Disbarment was effective December 5, 2008.

Following a jury trial during the week of December 17, 2007, respondent was found guilty of nine sexual assault felony offenses. Respondent was sentenced to imprisonment on March 20, 2008. Respondent claims his innocence to the underlying offenses. Nevertheless, his misconduct constituted grounds for the imposition of discipline pursuant to C.R.C.P. 251.5, and violated Colo. RPC 8.4(b).

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