FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 28, 2017
Contact: Alberto Rodriguez
Phoenix Attorney Jack Levine Suspended
for Failing to Comply with Diversion Requirements and Mismanaging Trust Accounts
Sept. 28, 2017 – PHOENIX – Attorney Jack Levine of Phoenix has been suspended from the practice of law after mismanaging trust accounts and failing to adequately represent a client he agreed to represent with another attorney.
On Sept. 29, 2015, Levine was place on diversion and ordered to participate in the Bar’s Law Office Management Assistance Program (LOMAP) for two years. He signed the Terms of Diversion that detailed minimum requirements that he would need to fulfil during the period of diversion. He failed to comply with the diversion program by not submitting quarterly LOMAP reports and trust account records.
Levine requested assistance from the Bar’s Member Assistance Program to become compliant. Bar Counsel invited him to attend a Trust Account Ethics Enhancement Program (TAEEP) at no cost but he failed to attend. He also failed to adequately respond to a screening letter from the Bar alleging he violated Trust Account Rules. Levine attended a second invitation to attend TAEEP at no cost but did not understand the basic requirements to comply with Trust Account Rules.
In a separate matter, Levine mismanaged his trust account and failed to provide full responses to the Bar’s inquiries and failed to provide copies of related mandatory records. On Sept. 29, 2015 he was placed in diversion and required to submit various trust account records as part of mandated quarterly LOMAP reporting. During the Bar’s investigation, the examiner discovered a pattern of trust account mismanagement.
In a personal injury case, Levine alleged that he was asked to assist an attorney at a separate firm and was listed as counsel of record until a dispute arose between the attorneys, which resulted in the clients terminating him. A third firm ultimately took over representation. He claimed to have documented more than 400 hours to the case and asserted charging lien for fees to which he believed he was due from the settlement in the case. Levine did not provide the State Bar with any evidence that he obtained the required written contingency fee agreement signed by the clients.
Jack Levine’s 90-day suspension was effective Aug. 25, 2017 and follows a prior 90-day suspension ordered on March 9, 2017 and effective on March 20, 2017. He was ordered to pay all the costs and expenses incurred by the State Bar of Arizona in this proceeding.
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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