FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 4, 2014
Contact: Alberto Rodriguez
Scottsdale Attorney Duane B. Okken Suspended from the Practice of Law
PHOENIX – July 30, 2014 – Attorney Duane B. Okken of Scottsdale was suspended from the practice of law for violating the Rules of Professional Conduct.
On July 15, 2014 the Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Arizona Supreme Court accepted a consent agreement between Okken and the State Bar of Arizona and ordered he be suspended for six months and one day.
In count one, Okken failed to comply with a court order appointing him to arbitrate a case involving negligence in the operation of a motor vehicle. Despite the plaintiff's attorney reminding Okken of his obligation to schedule the arbitration, he
failed to do so and the court had to appoint a new arbitrator.
In count two, Okken represented certain defendants in a breach of contract and defamation case. He failed to comply with three court orders regarding discovery resulting in the court striking his client's affirmative defenses. Okken also failed to attend an evidentiary hearing and the court subsequently entered a judgment against his client.
Duane B. Okken's suspension was effective on July 15, 2014. He was ordered to pay $1,366.91 to the State Bar of Arizona for costs and expenses incurred during its investigation. Terms and conditions of his probation, including length of time, will be determined upon reinstatement.
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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