Saturday, July 28, 2018

Stayed Suspension For Failure To Pay Attorney's Fees Of Ex-Spouse

An agreed sanction approved by the Colorado Presiding Disciplinary Judge

The Presiding Disciplinary Judge approved the parties’ conditional admission of misconduct and suspended David Paul Michel (attorney registration number 37674) for ninety days, all stayed upon successful completion of a one-year period of probation, effective July 9, 2018.

In Michel’s own divorce case, the Jefferson County District Court awarded Michel’s ex-wife $15,000.00 in attorney’s fees in April 2016. Michel was given six months to pay the award, but he failed to do so. On June 21, 2018—one day before a scheduled disciplinary hearing premised on his failure to follow a court order—Michel paid the award. Through this conduct, Michel violated Colo. RPC 3.4(c) (a lawyer shall not knowingly disobey an obligation under the rules of a tribunal).

(Mike Frisch)

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