FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 20, 2019
Contact: Alberto Rodriguez
Personal Injury Attorney Disbarred After Keeping Client Settlement Funds and Failing to Prosecute Client Case
PHOENIX – Mar. 20, 2019 – The Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Arizona Supreme Court has issued an order accepting a consent to disbarment for suspended member Beth H. Zuckerberg of Phoenix.
The disciplinary action stems from Zuckerberg’s mishandling of three separate client cases.
In the first case, Zuckerberg represented a client in a bodily injury claim after she fell and hurt her arm, back, and head at a medical imaging center. The case settled for $25,000 and she distributed an unnegotiated amount of $5,904.11. She kept 40% of the settlement, not 33% as outlined in the fee agreement, owing her client $4,121.03.
In the second case, Zuckerberg was retained by her client in a bodily injury claim. After her client attempted to reach her without success, her client contacted the insurer directly. The claim representative informed Zuckerberg’s client that the case had settled for $15,000 and that a check was issued and cashed. The client did not know of the settlement and did not receive any funds from it.
In the third case, a client retained Zuckerberg in a bodily injury claim against Church’s Chicken restaurant. She failed to diligently process the client’s case, and when she was suspended, had to refer the case to new counsel. The court dismissed the client’s case, due in part to Zuckerberg’s failure to expedite the litigation consistent with the client’s interest while still working on the case as counsel of record.
Beth H. Zuckerberg’s disbarment was ordered effective on Feb. 13, 2019. She was also ordered to pay the State Bar of Arizona for the costs and expenses associated with disciplinary proceedings.
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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