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Phoenix Attorney Fredrick M. Jones Suspended
for Failing to Manage Trust Accounts
July 19, 2017 – PHOENIX – Attorney Fredrick M. Jones of Phoenix has been suspended from the practice of law after mismanaging trust accounts and failing to adequately represent his client.
The Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Arizona Supreme Court accepted an agreement for discipline by consent between Jones and the State Bar of Arizona that resulted in a six-month and one day suspension.
Jones admitted to violating trust account rules, which included providing inaccurate accounting statements, failing to provide a general ledger for period of review, failing to maintain a general ledger for his trust accounts, and failing to reconcile trust accounts. The Bar’s trust account examiner was unable to identify funds of $2,349.16 held on deposit.
Jones also failed to inform a client of the dismissal of his case, as well as failed to communicate during representation.
Fredrick M. Jones’ six month and one day suspension is effective July 29, 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. Jones was ordered to 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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