FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 16, 2012
Contact: Rick DeBruhl, Chief Communications Officer
Phone: 602.340.7335, Mobile: 602.513.6385
Tucson Attorney Miriam Klaiman Suspended from the Practice of Law in Two Separate Cases
PHOENIX - May 16, 2012 -Attorney Miriam H. Klaiman of Tucson has been suspended from the practice of law for violating the Rules of Professional Conduct in two separate cases.
In the first matter (PDJ-2011-9060), it was found that Klaiman knowingly, if not intentionally, violated several Rules of Professional Conduct. Among them, she failed to disclose material fact when necessary to avoid assisting a criminal or fraudulent act, engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation, and offered false evidence to the State Bar of Arizona. The three-member hearing panel concluded that the violations warranted a one-year suspension from the practice of law.
As a result of the two-day hearing, Klaiman was ordered to serve the one-year suspension, effective April 18, 2012. Upon reinstatement, she must serve a two-year probation period, participate in the Bar's Member Assistance Program (MAP), and complete 15 hours of continued legal education (CLE) in ethics. Klaiman must also pay $4,550.64 to the State Bar of Arizona and $717.43 to the Arizona Supreme Court for all costs and expenses incurred during the investigation and proceedings.
In the second matter (PDJ-2012-9039), it was found that Klaiman filed pleadings after a case had been dismissed, which were found to be frivolous, by the underlying court. This violation, along with the above stated offense and pattern of misconduct lead the Presiding Disciplinary Judge to accept the consent agreement between her and the State Bar of Arizona.
Resulting from the consent agreement, a one year suspension was ordered by the Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Arizona Supreme Court. Klaiman's second suspension is concurrent with her original suspension which was effective on April 18, 2012. Upon reinstatement, she must serve a two-year probation period and must participate in the Bar's Member Assistance Program (MAP). Additional terms will be determined by the Presiding Disciplinary Judge at the time of her reinstatement.
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