FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 12, 2018
Contact: Alberto Rodriguez
Tucson Attorney Thomas C. McDaniel, III Suspended for Abandoning Clients
and Failing to Comply with State Bar Investigations
PHOENIX – Jan. 12, 2018 – Attorney Thomas C. McDaniel, III of Tucson was suspended for one year after failing to perform services for his client and failing to comply with the State Bar of Arizona’s investigation.
McDaniel failed to file an answer to the State Bar’s complaint or otherwise defend. The allegations in the State Bar’s complaint were deemed admitted by default. McDaniel did not appear at an aggravation/mitigation hearing that was held on Oct. 26, 2017.
McDaniel represented a client in divorce proceedings commencing on Sept. 16, 2014. The client paid him a flat fee of $2,500. On Jan. 28, 2015, the parties settled the matter at a settlement conference. McDaniel failed to complete the settlement documents. He also failed to attend two review hearings. On Dec. 9, 2016, his client filed a notice of change of representation after he failed to communicate with her.
McDaniel failed to respond to the Bar’s investigation.
Thomas C. McDaniel’s suspension was effective Oct. 26, 2017. He was ordered to pay $2,000 for the costs and expenses associated with his disciplinary proceedings to 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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