FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 24, 2012
Contact: Rick DeBruhl, Chief Communications Officer
Phone: 602.340.7335, Mobile: 602.5136385
Phoenix Attorney Disbarred After Failing to Protect Client Interest
PHOENIX- Feb. 24, 2012 - The Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Arizona Supreme Court has ordered disbarment for Gil Shuga of Phoenix.
Gil Shuga was investigated for violating various provisions of the Rules of Professional Conduct. During its investigation, the State Bar found that Shuga settled a case without the proper authorization, engaged in the misappropriation of funds, and lacked adequate client communication. Shuga also abandoned several cases that required clients to find another attorney, and in some cases, lead to case dismissal.
During the investigation, the State Bar presented substantial facts to support allegations that Shuga engaged in serious misconduct, which if continued, would result in extensive harm, loss, or damage to the public, the legal profession, or the administration of justice.
As a result of the investigation, the State Bar filed a motion for interim suspension on Oct. 17, 2011. Shuga did not file a response and the Arizona Supreme Court granted a temporary suspension on Nov. 22, 2011 while it ordered the interim suspension that was filed and effective on Jan. 1, 2012.
Shuga failed to meet an appeal deadline for that Bar's motion for disbarment. As a result, the Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Arizona Supreme Court issued its final judgment and order on Feb. 17, 2012, declaring Shuga's disbarment.
Shuga must pay restitution in the amount of $12,000 to one client and must also pay for all costs and proceedings in this matter to the State Bar of Arizona in the amount of $2,037.95.
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 16,775 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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