FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 28, 2019
Contact: Alberto Rodriguez
Attorney Matthew D. Saxe of Phoenix Suspended for 90 Days
Jan. 28, 2019 – PHOENIX – Phoenix attorney Matthew D. Saxe has been suspended for 90 days after failing to communicate clients and practicing law while serving an administrative suspension.
The Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Arizona Supreme Court accepted an agreement for discipline by consent between Saxe and the State Bar of Arizona that resulted in the 90-day suspension.
Matthew D. Saxe failed to adequately communicate with and diligently represent several clients in multiple counts. In the first count, he was hired to represent a client in a fraud case. Prior to the trial, a settlement was reached. Saxe failed to take the necessary steps to effectuate the settlement.
In another count, Saxe failed to advise his client of his administrative suspension. Saxe had not responded to discovery requests or motions to compel discovery. A status conference was set to determine why Saxe failed to participate but he did not appear nor did he respond to a phone call from the Court.
In a third count, Saxe represented a client involved in a number of landlord tenant cases. He was paid for legal services, but failed to perform all of the services for which he contracted. He also failed to communicate with his client, which led to delay in the pursuit of the various matters.
He also engaged in the unauthorized practice of law while serving an administrative suspension stemming from his failure to comply with Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirements.
Matthew D. Saxe’s 90-day suspension was effective on Jan. 18, 2019. Upon reinstatement, must participate in the Bar’s Member Assistance Program and Fee Arbitration Program. He was also 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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