FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 18, 2013
Contact: Rick DeBruhl, Chief Communications Officer
Phone: 602.340.7335, Mobile: 602.513.6385
Email: rick.debruhl@staff.azbar.og

Phoenix Attorney Ryan M. Wackerly Disbarred for Violating the Rules of Professional Conduct and Non-Compliance

PHOENIX – March 18, 2013 – The three-member hearing panel led by the Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Arizona Supreme Court issued an order disbarring Ryan M. Wackerly of Phoenix on March 5, 2013.

Ryan M. Wackerly's disbarment resulted from his abandonment of his client's employment law matter after collecting $3,500.00 in fees and failing to issue a refund. 

Wackerly failed to respond to the State Bar's screening letter issued on July 18, 2012.  Subsequently, a State Bar investigator hand-delivered a copy of the screening letter and he again failed to respond.

The disbarment follows prior disciplinary actions against him—listed below.

  • Six-month and One-day Suspension Ordered on Oct. 15, 2012
    The suspension was ordered after Wackerly failed to comply with probation terms from the March 20, 2012 sanction. The Bar then filed a Notice of Non-Compliance with Terms of Probation with the Arizona Supreme Court that resulted in a subsequent disciplinary hearing. Wackerly failed to appear at the hearing concerning his violation.

  • Reprimand with Two Years Probation Ordered on March 20, 2012
    Wackerly was sanctioned with a reprimand that included two years of probation and required his participation in the State Bar’s Member Assistance Program (MAP). He failed to fully comply with the terms outlined by MAP, which resulted in additional action by the State Bar. 

Ryan M. Wackerly's disbarment was effective March 5, 2013. He was ordered to pay complainant restitution in the amount of $3,500 as well as $2,039.98 to the State Bar of Arizona for all costs and expenses associated with the disciplinary proceedings.


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