FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 10, 2012
Contact: Rick DeBruhl, Chief Communications Officer
Phone: 602.340.7335, Mobile: 602.513.6385
State Bar of Arizona Member Disbarment Stems from Same Action Taken in Nevada
PHOENIX - Aug. 10, 2012 - The Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Arizona Supreme Court has issued an order imposing reciprocal discipline of disbarment for Jeanne Winkler. The action is a result of her disbarment from the practice of law in Nevada.
A disciplinary hearing was held on three complaints filed by the State Bar of Nevada that alleged Winkler misappropriated client funds in her trust account, engaged in the unauthorized practice of law while on a temporary suspension pending resolution of the formal disciplinary proceedings and made misrepresentations to the State Bar of Nevada during their investigation.
A hearing panel of the Southern Nevada Disciplinary Board found clear and convincing evidence that Winkler violated the Rules of Professional Conduct and recommended her disbarment. The Supreme Court of Nevada disbarred Winkler from the practice of law.
Pursuant to Rule 57(b) of the Arizona Supreme Court, the Presiding Disciplinary Judge generally imposes identical or substantially similar discipline on a lawyer disciplined in another jurisdiction. Winkler's disbarment in Nevada is the basis for the order disbarring her in Arizona.
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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