FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 27, 2017
Contact: Alberto Rodriguez
Attorney Barry G. Nelson of Tucson Suspended
for Six Months for Keeping Unearned Fees
June 27, 2017 – PHOENIX – Tucson attorney Barry Glen Nelson has been suspended from the practice of law after failing to return unearned fees from clients.
The Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Arizona Supreme Court approved an agreement for discipline by consent between Nelson and the State Bar of Arizona that resulted in a six-month suspension.
Nelson accepted advance fees from clients, but failed to provide the legal services he was hired to perform due to unforeseen medical issues. Nelson also failed to return the unearned portion of the fees. In another case, Nelson also failed to diligently pursue his client’s matter and failed to maintain adequate communication.
Barry G. Nelson's six month suspension was effective June 26, 2017. He was ordered to serve a two-year probation period upon reinstatement and must contact a State Bar Compliance Monitor to develop terms and conditions. Nelson was also ordered to pay restitution to two clients totaling $2,443 and must participate in fee arbitration for a third client. He must also pay $1,200 for the costs and expenses incurred by the State Bar of Arizona.
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 24,500 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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