FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 10, 2012
Contact: Rick DeBruhl, Chief Communications Officer
Phone: 602.340.7335, Mobile: 602.513.6385
Attorney Suspended for Abuse of Judicial System
PHOENIX - May 10, 2012 - Attorney Grant H. Goodman was suspended from the practice of law for two years after violating several Rules of Professional Conduct. He was given the sanction by a three-member hearing panel led by the Acting Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Supreme Court of Arizona.
The State Bar alleged a pattern of misconduct involving five separate matters, including the exploitation of vulnerable individuals, making knowing false statements to the court, opposing counsel, and failing to respond to the State Bar's request for information.
Resulting from the Bar's investigation and a five-day disciplinary hearing, the panel found that Goodman violated various Rules of Professional Conduct. The 71-page order details how he exploited protected individuals by claiming to represent them, but did not have proper authority to do so. He also made false statements to the court, opposing counsel and their clients when he filed complaints that contained allegations that Goodman knew were untrue.
The order also states that Goodman obstructed disciplinary proceeding by intentionally failing to comply with the rules and orders of the Supreme Court, failing to fully respond to the State Bar's investigation, refusing to acknowledge any wrongdoing, and being unremorseful for the violations.
Prior to the disciplinary hearing, Goodman was placed on an interim suspension on July 21, 2011, after the Acting Presiding Disciplinary Judge indicated that Goodman's conduct posed a threat of substantial harm, loss or damage to the public, the legal profession or the administration of justice. The motion for interim suspension filed by the State Bar was supported by the affidavits of several judges and one of the vulnerable individual's current guardians.
It was ordered that Grant Goodman be suspended from the practice of law for two years, retroactive to July 21, 2011, the effective date of his interim suspension. After Goodman has completed his suspension, he is required to undergo formal proceedings should he seek reinstatement. He is also required to pay all costs and expenses associated with the proceedings to the Arizona Supreme Court and the State Bar of Arizona.
Both Goodman and the State Bar can appeal the panel's decision.
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 16,900 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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