FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 17, 2012
Contact: Rick DeBruhl, Chief Communications Officer
Phone: 602.340-7335, Mobile: 602.513.6385
Attorneys Alan E. Gooding and Eddie A. Pantiliat Suspended from the Practice of Law
PHOENIX – Dec. 17, 2012 – Attorneys Alan E. Gooding of Tucson and Eddie A. Pantiliat of Scottsdale have been suspended from the practice of law for violating the Rules of Professional Conduct.
In the matter of Alan E. Gooding, the three-member panel led by the Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Arizona Supreme Court ordered that he be suspended from the practice of law for three years.
Ten separate counts alleged that Gooding knowingly engaged in conduct that violated his duty as a legal professional and caused injury to clients, the public, or the legal system. Based on the allegations, the hearing panel found that he failed to communicate with diligence, failed to return client files, and failed to respond to the Bar’s request for more information. In addition, Gooding accepted a new roof on his home in lieu of attorney’s fees in one matter and lied to his client in another.
The Bar also found that Gooding was practicing law while serving a previous suspension, which included failing to withdraw from pending litigation and informing clients of his suspension.
Gooding’s three-year suspension was effective on Nov. 14, 2012. He was also ordered to pay $2,296.00 in restitution as well as $2,709.26 to the State Bar of Arizona for costs and expenses incurred during the investigation. If reinstated, Gooding will be placed on probation for two years, must report to a practice monitor and participate in the Bar’s Law Office Management Assistance Program (LOMAP).
In the matter of Eddie A. Pantiliat, a 30-day suspension was ordered, resulting from a consent agreement between him and the State Bar of Arizona.
The State Bar’s investigation found that Pantiliat collected an unreasonable contingent fee of $30,000 in a wrongful death claim. In settling the $100,000 case on behalf of his widowed client, his hourly return exceeded $2,100—for relatively minimal effort and without filing suit. The Bar also found that he dealt with two additional statutory wrongful death claimants who were unrepresented in a negligent manner.
Pantiliat’s 30-day suspension was effective on Dec. 1, 2012. He was also ordered to pay a total of $23,712.06 in restitution as well as $1,200 to the State Bar of Arizona for costs and expenses incurred during the investigation. Upon reinstatement, Pantiliat will be placed on a six-month probation period to obtain six continuing legal education (CLE) hours on topics associated with his misconduct. The CLE hours are in addition to standard member requirements.
About the State Bar
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