Vol. 40, No. 10
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, when published by the PDJ, 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 Admission 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. 11PDJ037. People v. Cornejo. 07/29/2011. Attorney Suspended.
The PDJ approved a Conditional Admission of Misconduct submitted by the parties and suspended Derrick Cornejo, attorney registration number 29438, for nine months. The suspension was stayed pending the successful completion of an eighteen-month period of probation, with conditions. The suspension was effective August 29, 2011.
Cornejo failed to represent clients with diligence, neglected to adequately communicate with clients, failed to provide clients with a written basis for his fees, neglected to provide accountings on client request, disobeyed judicially imposed obligations, and engaged in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice. 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(a)(3); 1.5(b); 1.15(b); 3.4(c); and 8.4(d).
No. 10PDJ094 (consolidated with Nos. 10PDJ118 & 10PDJ126). People v. Griffin. 08/10/2011. Attorney Suspended.
The PDJ approved a Conditional Admission of Misconduct submitted by the parties and suspended William T. Griffin, attorney registration number 28650, for three years. The suspension was effective September 10, 2011.
Griffin repeatedly spent client funds that did not belong to him, repeatedly misrepresented to clients that he was in the process of refunding fees that did not belong to him, and repeatedly moved money among his trust, personal, and business accounts to cover his issuance of checks that could not and would not clear. Griffin also failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness. 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(a) and (b); 1.5(a) and (b); 1.5(f); 1.15(a), (b), and (c); 1.16(d); and 8.4(c).
No. 11PDJ057. People v. Peters. 07/25/2011. Attorney Suspended.
The PDJ approved a Conditional Admission of Misconduct submitted by the parties and suspended William E. Peters, attorney registration number 11325, for eighteen months. All but nine months of the suspension were stayed pending the successful completion of a two-year period of probation with conditions. The sanction was effective July 25, 2011.
Peters failed to properly safeguard client funds by holding those funds separate from his own property. His misconduct constituted grounds for the imposition of discipline pursuant to C.R.C.P. 251.5, and violated Colo. RPC 1.15(a), (b), and (d)(1).
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