FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 20, 2014
Contact: Alberto Rodriguez
Attorney W. Blake Simms of Tempe Suspended from the Practice of Law
PHOENIX – June 20, 2014 – Attorney W. Blake Simms of Tempe was suspended from the practice of law for violating the Rules of Professional Conduct.
The Disciplinary Hearing Panel of the Arizona Supreme Court, led by the Presiding Disciplinary Judge, ordered that W. Blake Simms be suspended from the practice of law for nine months.
In count one, a client retained Simms to assist her with an employment dispute. After drafting a demand letter for this client, he stopped communicating with this client and abandoned this client’s case. In count two, Simms charged a client an unreasonable fee by charging $3,115 for drafting a three-page letter.
W. Blake Simms’ suspension was ordered on Feb. 26, 2014 and effective retroactively on Feb. 3, 2014. He was ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution and $4,021.40 to the State Bar of Arizona for costs and expenses incurred during its investigation
Simms was on probation when his nine month suspension was ordered.
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
The State Bar of Arizona is a non-profit organization that operates under the supervision of the Arizona Supreme Court. The Bar includes approximately 17,500 active attorneys and provides education and development programs for the legal profession and the public. Since 1933 the Bar and its members have been committed to serving the public by making sure the voices of all people in Arizona are heard in our justice system.
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