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SUPREMECOURT,STATEOFCOLORADO
FILED
ORIGINALPROCEEDINGINDISCIPLINEBEFORETHEPRESIDINGDISCIPLINARYJUDGE
FEB
152011
1560Broadway,Suite675
PRESIDINGDISCIPLINARYJUDGE
Denver,Colorado80202
SUPREMECOURTOFCOLORADO
Complainant:THEPEOPLEOFTHESTATEOFCOLORADO..COURTUSEONLY
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Respondent:DAVIDM.FRIEDJamesS.Sudler,#08019CaseNumber:ChiefDeputyRegulationCounselAttorneyforComplainant
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1560Broadway,Suite1800Denver,Colorado80202Telephone:(303)866-6400ext.6466FaxNo.:(303)893-5302DavidM.Fried,#19238Respondent4600SouthSyracuseSuite900Denver,CO80237Telephone:(303)256-6646FaxNo.:(303)256-6648
STIPULATION,AGREEMENTANDAFFIDAVITCONTAININGTHERESPONDENT'SCONDITIONALADMISSIONOFMISCONDUCT
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dayof~,2011,JamesS.Sudler,ChiefDeputyRegulationCounselandattorneyforthecomplainant,andDavidM.Fried,therespondent,enterintothefollowingstipulation,agreement,andaffidavitcontainingtherespondent'sconditionaladmissionofmisconduct("stipulation")andsubmitthesametothePresidingDisciplinaryJudgeforhisconsideration.
RECOMMENDATION:Disbarment.
1.Therespondenthastakenandsubscribedtheoathofadmission,wasadmittedtothebarofthiscourtonMarch21,1990,andisregisteredasanattorneyupontheofficialrecordsofthiscourt,registrationno.19238.TherespondentissubjecttothejurisdictionofthiscourtandthePresiding
 
DisciplinaryJudgeintheseproceedings.2.Therespondententersintothisstipulationfreelyandvoluntarily.Nopromiseshavebeenmadeconcerningfutureconsideration,punishment,orlenienceintheabove-referencedmatter.
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istherespondent'spersonaldecision,andtherespondentaffirmstherehasbeennocoercionorotherintimidatingactsbyanypersonoragencyconcerningthismatter.3.ThesemattershavenotbecomepublicundertheoperationofC.R.C.P.2S1.31(c)asamended.4.TherespondentisfamiliarwiththerulesoftheColoradoSupremeCourtregardingtheprocedurefordisciplineofattorneysandwiththerightsprovidedbythoserules.Therespondentacknowledgestherighttoafullandcompleteevidentiaryhearingontheabove-referencedcomplaints.Atanysuchhearing,therespondentwouldhavetherighttoberepresentedbycounsel,presentevidence,callwitnesses,andcross-examinethewitnessespresentedbythecomplainant.Atanysuchformalhearing,thecomplainantwouldhavetheburdenofproofandwouldberequiredtoprovethechargescontainedinthecomplaintswithclearandconvincingevidence.Nonetheless,havingfullknowledgeoftherighttosuchaformalhearing,therespondentwaivesthatright.5.TherespondentandthecomplainantspecificallywaivetherighttoahearingpursuanttoC.R.C.P.2S1.22(c)(1).6.Therespondentaffirmsunderoaththatthefollowingfactsandconclusionsaretrueandcorrect:
(1)ARMIJOMATTER10"01229
a.LiduinaArmijo("Ms.Armijo")retainedtherespondentonDecember4,2009,torepresentherinsomepost-decreedivorcematters.TherespondenthadpreviouslyrepresentedMs.Armijoinherdivorce.b.Ms.ArmijometwiththerespondentonDecember4,2009.Onthatdayshepaidtherespondent$500.00ofa$1,000.00retainer.Ms.Armijopaidtheremaining$500.00onJanuary4,2010.AttheDecember4meeting,Ms.Armijogavetherespondentaboxcontainingherdissolutioncasefile.c.Ms.Armijoretainedtherespondenttodothefollowing:Removehernamefromtwomortgagesthatwereawardedtoherex-husbandinherdivorce;getherparentingtimebackonschedule;obtainproofofherex-husband'scompletionofangermanagementcourses;obtaincreditcardaccountclarification;andnegotiateanewchildsupportcalculationeffectiveMay2010.
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d.Therespondentresolvedtheparentingtimeissuebutdidnothingtoresolvetheotherissuesforwhichhewasretained.e.Ms.ArmijosenttherespondentafaxonFebruary23,2010containingdocumentationabouttheissuesthattherespondentwassupposedtobehelpingherwith.Whentherespondentdidnotrespondtothefax,shecalledhim,emailedhimandwrotehimanumberofletters.HedidnotreplytoanyofMs.Armijo'srequestsforinformation.f..OnDecember29,2009,therespondentsentMs.Armijoabillingstatementindicatingthathehadearned$76.88ofherretainer.g.Therespondentdidnofurtherworkonhercase.h.OnMarch30,2010,Ms.Armijosentanemailtotherespondentrequestingthathereturnherdissolutionfileandrefund$923.00oftheunearnedretainer.Therespondentdidnotreturnthefileorrefundanymoney.
CLAIMONE
[ALawyerShallActWithReasonableDiligenceandPromptnessinRepresentingaClient-Colo.RPC1.3]
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Therespondentfailedtoactwithreasonablediligenceandpromptnessandneglectedtheclient'slegalmatterineachofthefollowingrespects:i.byfailingtoremoveMs.Armijo'snamefromtwomortgagesthatwereawardedtoherex-husbandinherdivorce;
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byfailingtoobtainproofofMs.Armijo'sex-husband'scompletionofangermanagementcourses;
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byfailingtoobtaincreditcardaccountclarification;and
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byfailingtonegotiateanewchildsupportcalculationeffectiveMay2010.j.Therespondentkneworshouldhaveknownthathislackofdiligenceandpromptnesscontinuedtooccuroveraperiodofmonthsandinvolveda'patternandpracticeoflackofdiligenceandpromptness.k.Therespondent'slackofdiligenceandpromptnesscausedinjuryorpotentialinjurytotheclient.
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