FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 17, 2012
Contact: Rick DeBruhl, Chief Communications Officer
Phone: 602.340.7335, Mobile: 602.513.6385
Tucson Attorney C. Thomas Mason Suspended from the Practice of Law
PHOENIX – Dec. 17, 2012 – Attorney C. Thomas Mason of Tucson has been suspended from the practice of law for one year after violating the Arizona Rules of Professional Conduct.
The suspension was based on a two-count complaint. In the first matter, Mason failed to return client funds, failed to reasonably communicate with his client and failed to perform work in a diligent manner. In the second matter, he failed to provide competent representation, failed to reasonably communicate with his clients and failed to expedite litigation, which resulted in the dismissal of his clients’ case. Mason failed to respond to demands for information by the State Bar in both matters.
The suspension was effective Dec. 13, 2012. Upon reinstatement, Mason will be placed on a two-year probation period. As a condition of reinstatement he must successfully pass the Multi-State Professional Responsibility. He must pay restitution in the amount of $1,000 to one client and must participate in Fee Arbitration with two others. Mason was also ordered to pay $2,000 to the State Bar of Arizona for the costs and expenses incurred during the investigation.
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 17,000 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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