FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 4, 2014
Contact: Alberto Rodriguez
Tempe Attorney Matthew S. Schultz Suspended for One Year
PHOENIX – Aug. 4, 2014 – Attorney Matthew S. Schultz of Tempe was suspended from the practice of law for violating the Rules of Professional Conduct.
On July 24, 2014, the Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Arizona Supreme Court ordered that Schultz be suspended for one year.
Matthew S. Schultz, a family law practitioner, admitted that he engaged in a conflict of interest by having an intimate and sexual relationship with his family law client. In a separate case, a hearing panel imposed on Schultz a 30-day suspension for engaging in unprofessional conduct in a family court case. In the latter case, Schultz wrote a letter to a child custody evaluator
that included unprofessional and offensive references to the opposing party and judge. The panel also concluded that Schultz's conduct was prejudicial to the administration of justice by instigating an otherwise unnecessary burden on the court.
Matthew S. Schultz's suspension is effective on Sept. 1, 2014. He was ordered to pay $5,214.63 to the State Bar of Arizona for costs and expenses incurred for the hearing and during its investigations. Upon reinstatement, he will be placed on one year of supervised probation by the Member Assistance Program. He must also complete the State Bar's Professionalism Course.
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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