FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 10, 2013
Contact: Alberto Rodriguez
Attorney Paul J. Mattern of Phoenix Suspended for Violating Rules of Professional Conduct
PHOENIX – Sept. 10, 2013 – The Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Arizona Supreme Court has ordered that attorney Paul J. Mattern of Phoenix be suspended from the practice of law for six months.
On Sept. 5, 2013, the Presiding Disciplinary Judge accepted an agreement for discipline by consent between Paul J. Mattern and the State Bar of Arizona and ordered he be suspended for six months, effective Nov. 4, 2013.
During the State Bar of Arizona's investigation, Mattern was found to have failed to meet court deadlines, failed to reasonably communicate with at least one client and failed to appear for hearings while representing clients in post conviction relief matters. The investigation also found that he sent unprofessional text messages at an early hour to another attorney.
In addition to the suspension, Paul J. Mattern was ordered to pay $1,200 to the State Bar of Arizona for costs and expenses incurred during its investigation. If reinstated, he will be placed on probation for two years and will be required to participate in the Bar's Law Office Management Assistance Program (LOMAP).
Consumers may report attorney misconduct by calling the State Bar of Arizona Attorney/Consumer Assistance Program (A/CAP) hotline at 602.340.7280.
About the State Bar
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