FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 25, 2011
Contact: Rick DeBruhl, Chief Communications Officer
Phone: (602) 340-7335, Mobile: (602) 513-6385
Arizona Supreme Court Issues Interim Suspension to Phoenix Attorney
PHOENIX - Aug. 25, 2011 - The Arizona Supreme Court has issued an interim suspension to Phoenix attorney Grant H. Goodman. The action taken by the court formalizes the temporary suspension of Goodman by Presiding Disciplinary Judge William J. O'Neil.
The State Bar filed a motion for interim suspension which describes a pattern of conduct to exploit vulnerable individuals and conduct that resulted in multiple sanctions against Goodman by various courts. The motion was supported by the affidavits of several judges and one of the vulnerable individual's current guardians.
In September 2009, the United States Bankruptcy Court issued a prospective injunction prohibiting Goodman from filing claims relating to Goodman and Goodman's companies unless he first obtained the bankruptcy court's approval for pursuing such claims. In March 2011, the United States District Court in Arizona found that while representing a corporate client, Goodman demonstrated a pattern of misrepresentation to both the court and opposing counsel. In May 2011, the Arizona Superior Court in Maricopa County sanctioned Goodman for "an on-going pattern of abuse of the judicial process designed . . . to harass and intimidate." Each of the cases cited in Judge Peter J. Cahill's May 2011 Order involved a guardianship or conservatorship in Arizona's probate system.
Judge O'Neill's recommendation to the Arizona Supreme Court indicates a concern that Goodman's conduct poses a threat of substantial harm, loss or damage to the public, the legal profession or the administration of justice.
The interim suspension became effective August 25, 2011. The interim suspension will continue in force until final disposition of all pending proceedings against Goodman. Goodman is not allowed to practice law during his suspension.
Read the Supreme Court order here.
About the State Bar
The State Bar of Arizona is a non-profit organization that operates under the supervision of the Arizona Supreme Court. The Bar includes approximately 16,000 active attorneys and provides education and development programs for the legal profession and the public. Since 1933 the Bar and its members have been committed to serving the public by making sure the voices of all people in Arizona are heard in our justice system.
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