FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 24, 2014
Contact: Alberto Rodriguez
Quartzite Attorney Martin E. Brannan Suspended for 90 Days
PHOENIX – June 23, 2014 – Attorney Martin E. Brannan of Quartzite was suspended from the practice of law for violating the Rules of Professional Conduct.
On April 30, 2014 the Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Arizona Supreme Court ordered that Brannan be suspended for 90 days.
Martin E. Brannan, the Quartzsite town attorney, town prosecutor, and town parliamentarian, filed a criminal complaint against his client, the mayor, for allegedly refusing to adjourn a town council meeting owing to lack of a quorum. He also initiated litigation on behalf of his client—the town—against his other clients, the Quartzsite Town Council and certain Quartzsite employees in various personnel matters, without obtaining written informed consent to the conflicts of interest.
After being fired, Brannan represented former town employees in litigation against the town—his former client—without obtaining written informed consent to the conflict of interest. On motion, he was disqualified from representing the former employees due to his conflict of interest with his former employer.
Brannan also failed to return town property including files and electronically stored data to the town after his employment was terminated.
Martin E. Brannan’s suspension was effective on April 30, 2014. He was ordered to pay $1,200 to the State Bar of Arizona for costs and expenses incurred during its investigation. Upon reinstatement, he will be placed on one year of supervised and must complete a continuing legal education (CLE) program on conflicts of interest.
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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