FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 12, 2019
Contact: Alberto Rodriguez
Tempe Attorney Joseph Palmisano’s Disbarment Stems from Criminal Activity
PHOENIX – Apr. 12, 2019 – Attorney Joseph P. Palmisano of Tempe has been disbarred from the practice of law after entering a guilty plea for shooting his former client in April of 2013.
The Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Arizona Supreme Court accepted a consent agreement between Palmisano and the State Bar of Arizona and ordered that Palmisano be disbarred from the practice of law, effective Mar. 29, 2019.
Palmisano entered a guilty plea to two criminal felony offenses in the Maricopa County Superior Court Case of State v. Joseph P. Palmisano. The criminal offenses were Aggravated Assault, a Class 3 Non-Dangerous Felony and Kidnapping, a Class 2 Non-Dangerous Felony.
On Mar. 22, 2019, Palmisano was sentenced to five years in the Department of Corrections.
Palmisano was also ordered to pay $1,200 to 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.
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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