FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 3, 2018
Contact: Alberto Rodriguez
Phoenix Real Estate Attorney Disbarred for Abandoning Clients
PHOENIX – July 3, 2018 – Attorney Matthew Willian Lockin of Phoenix was disbarred after he abandoned his clients and failed to respond to the State Bar of Arizona’s investigation.
In September 2016, Matthew Lockin was hired by his clients to defend them in a civil case and paid him $2,500 to file an answer and counterclaim they had already prepared. He had his clients write the check to his real estate holding company, not his law firm. Adding to the charges, Lockin did not deposit their payment into an IOLTA account and did not provide written communication of the scope of representation or of the fees and costs to be charged for the representation.
For more than six months Lockin’s clients tried to reach him for updates on their case. On the few occasions they succeeded, he assured them their issue would go away because the opposing party had not communicated a settlement offer. On April 6, 2017 a summary judgment was granted against his clients and he failed to notify them. Lockin never appeared at any hearings and did not file additional documents after the initial answer and counterclaim on Oct. 10, 2016. His clients hired new counsel on June 16, 2017 to take over their case.
Lockin was summarily suspended from practicing law in Arizona on Jan. 27, 2017 for failing to pay his license fees. He never informed his clients of the suspension.
The State Bar of Arizona was unable to contact or locate Lockin at any of the physical or email addresses and phone numbers it has on record during its investigation which led to its request for disbarment.
Matthew William Lockin’s disbarment was effective June 21, 2018. He was ordered to pay $5,440 in restitution and must pay for all costs and expenses incurred by the State Bar of Arizona during its investigation.
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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