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Vol. 41, No. 10 [Page 125]
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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, 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.®
Summary of Decision Issued by the PDJ
No. 11PDJ060, consolidated with No. 12PDJ001. People v. Duggan. 07/05/2012. Attorney Suspended.
The PDJ suspended Daniel Sean Duggan, attorney registration number 17790, for eighteen months. The suspension was effective August 9, 2012.
Duggan failed to pay vendor fees for services rendered, failed to respond to requests for information from the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel, practiced law while suspended, failed to notify his clients and opposing counsel of his suspension, failed to file an affidavit concerning his efforts to wind up his practice, and neglected to pay court-ordered costs. Duggan’s misconduct constituted grounds for the imposition of discipline pursuant to CRCP 251.5, and violated Colo. RPC 3.4(c), 8.1(b), and 8.4(d).
Summary of Decision 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.10PDJ117, consolidated with Nos. 11PDJ059, 11PDJ080 & 12PDJ030. People v. Sladek. 08/16/2012. Attorney Suspended.
The PDJ approved a Conditional Admission of Misconduct submitted by the parties and suspended Dennis James Sladek, attorney registration number 17303, for thirty months. The suspension was effective August 15, 2012, with the requirement of restitution.
While his law license was suspended, Sladek knowingly engaged in the practice of law in three client matters, and attempted to practice law on behalf of a fourth client. Sladek solicited business from one of these clients telephonically for pecuniary gain, and he did not complete the work for which he was hired in two matters. In three instances, Sladek did not provide his clients a written accounting of the fees he claimed to have earned nor did he provide a written statement of the basis of his rate or fee. Finally, Sladek failed to place in trust unearned fees from one of his clients. His misconduct constituted grounds for the imposition of discipline pursuant to CRCP 251.5, and violated Colo. RPC 1.2(a); 1.3; 1.5(b); 3.4(c); 5.5(a)(1) and (2); 7.3(a); 8.4(a), (c), and (d); and 1.15(a), (c), and (j).
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