FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 20, 2019
Contact: Alberto Rodriguez
Scottsdale Attorney’s Disbarment Stems from Practice Abandonment
Feb. 20, 2019 – PHOENIX – The Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Arizona Supreme Court along with a Disciplinary Hearing Panel ordered that attorney Marcy E. Golomb of Scottsdale be disbarred after abandoning clients, keeping client funds, and failing to comply with the State Bar of Arizona investigation.
Golomb was hired by a client to represent him and his business in a commercial dispute. After charging the client a flat fee of $1,000, he paid her $750 in cash, which Golomb said she needed immediately for the filing fee and drafting of the answer. She did not provide him with a written fee agreement.
When the client attempted to communicate with Golomb for updates on his case, she informed him she had not performed any work or filed anything on his behalf because “the PayPal payment had not gone through successfully.” Golomb’s client disputed this because he paid her cash. The client hired successor counsel and requested a refund, to which Golomb agreed; however, she failed to show up every time they agreed to meet.
In a separate matter, Golomb’s client hired her to handle a personal injury case on a contingency basis. Golomb agreed to receive one-third of any monies recovered in the claim, but never provided her client with a written fee agreement. Her client provided all relevant documentation.
The client asked for updates, and Golomb made various assurances, including that the matter would settle “after the holidays.” Golomb stopped communicating, and the client spoke with Golomb’s father who told her she was no longer practicing law. In addition, Maricopa County court records do not reflect that any suit was ever filed on the client’s behalf.
The client could no longer file a claim because the statute of limitations had run on her case during the time Golomb was supposed to be handling it.
In all matters, Golomb failed to respond to requests for information during the State Bar of Arizona’s investigation.
Marcy E. Golomb’s disbarment was ordered effective on Jan. 8, 2019. She was also ordered to pay for the costs and expenses incurred by the State Bar of Arizona and the Office of the Presiding Disciplinary Judge and must pay $750 in restitution to one client.
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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