FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 17, 2013
Contact: Alberto Rodriguez
Unreasonable Legal Fees and Inaccurate Billing Claims Lead to Suspension for Phoenix Attorney
PHOENIX – Sept. 17, 2013 – The Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Arizona Supreme Court has ordered that attorney Jeffry Stanton Becker of Phoenix be suspended from the practice of law for two years.
On Aug. 19, 2013, the Presiding Disciplinary Judge accepted an agreement for discipline by consent between Jeffry Stanton Becker and the State Bar of Arizona and ordered he be suspended for two years, retroactive to Nov. 1, 2012.
The State Bar of Arizona's investigation found that while serving as a contract attorney for a legal services insurance program, Becker performed legal work not authorized by his clients, or in excess of what had been authorized. He charged unreasonable fees and mischaracterized the legal work he performed on claims forms he submitted to the legal services insurance program.
In addition to the suspension, Jeffry Stanton Becker was ordered to pay $1,217.40 to the State Bar of Arizona for costs and expenses incurred during its investigation, as well as $2,799 in restitution to ARAG. If reinstated, he will be placed on probation for two years and will be required to participate in the Bar's Member Assistance Program (MAP).
Consumers may report attorney misconduct by calling the State Bar of Arizona Attorney/Consumer Assistance Program (A/CAP) hotline at 602.340.7280.
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