FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 2, 2016
Contact: Alberto Rodriguez
Attorney Jeffrey D. Moffatt Disbarred for Soliciting Nude Photos as Payment
PHOENIX – June 2, 2016 – Attorney Jeffrey D. Moffatt of Lancaster, California was disbarred from the State Bar of Arizona for soliciting sex in exchange for legal services from a prospective client, which adversely reflects on his fitness to practice law.
On March 7, 2016, a Supreme Court Hearing Panel rendered its decision to disbar Jeffrey D. Moffatt from the practice of law. The Presiding Disciplinary Judge then issued his final judgement and order of disbarment on April 19, 2016.
During many of his pleadings, Moffatt asserted that he only sought a nude photo of his prospective client to buy time for payment or that he was simply exercising his freedom of speech. In addition to the nude photo, he asked his prospective client to commit a criminal offense by soliciting a "surrogate" for him to have sexual relations with.
Disciplinary proceedings revealed several aggravating factors which led to Jeffrey D. Moffatt's disbarment. He intentionally failed to comply with rules or orders of the Supreme Court and requests from the State Bar of Arizona; failed to attend deposition and sanctions hearing; delayed proceedings by filing numerous motions with nonsensical or unsupported allegations; engaged in deceptive practices; refused to acknowledge wrongful nature of misconduct; and was indifferent to restitution and illegal conduct.
Jeffrey D. Moffatt's disbarment was effective on April 6, 2016. He has appealed the disbarment with the Arizona Supreme Court.
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 23,500 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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