A Tempe attorney has been suspended from the practice of law for violating the Rules of Professional Conduct, the State Bar of Arizona said.
Emile Harmon received a 60-day suspension, effective Sept. 6, after a consent agreement was reached between him and the State Bar.
The Bar alleged in 10 separate counts that Harmon "engaged in conduct that violated his duty as a legal professional and caused injury to clients, the public, or the legal system."
Harmon was found to have had repetitive communication and diligence issues with his clients, missed client hearings and deadlines, and failed to respond to pending motions in a timely manner.
Harmon conditionally admitted that the root of his conduct stemmed from his inability to properly control or supervise his law firm.
Once he's reinstated, Harmon will be placed on a two-year probation period. He must submit to both Law Office Management Assistance Program and Member Assistance Program assessments that will determine additional terms and conditions of his probation.
Harmon was also ordered to participate in Fee Arbitration with all of his affected clients.
Harmon was ordered to pay $2,812.42 to the State Bar of Arizona for the costs and expenses incurred during the investigation.
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