On Monday, September 18, 2023, attorney Mark D. Goldman was suspended from practicing law for 30 days due to his failure to comply with disclosure requirements. The decision was made by the Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Supreme Court of Arizona after a hearing panel found that Goldman had violated the Arizona Rules of Professional Conduct.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Mark D. Goldman,” with case no. PDJ 2022-9059.
The case against Goldman began on August 12, 2022, when the State Bar of Arizona filed a complaint against him. The complaint alleged that Goldman had failed to comply with disclosure requirements and had failed to appear for a telephonic status conference. The case was assigned to PDJ Margaret H. Downie, who held a telephonic hearing on July 7, 2023.
During the hearing, Goldman admitted that he had failed to comply with the disclosure requirements, but he argued that he had good cause for his non-compliance. Specifically, Goldman claimed that he had been experiencing health issues and had been unable to access his files. However, the hearing panel found that Goldman’s excuses were not sufficient to justify his non-compliance.
The panel also found that Goldman had failed to appear for a telephonic status conference, which was a separate violation of the Arizona Rules of Professional Conduct. Goldman had been notified of the conference, but he failed to appear.
As a result of Goldman’s violations, the hearing panel recommended that he be suspended from practicing law for 30 days. The panel also recommended that Goldman be placed on probation for a period of two years upon his reinstatement.
The PDJ accepted the hearing panel’s recommendations and issued a final judgment and order. In addition to the suspension and probation, Goldman was ordered to pay the costs and expenses of the State Bar of Arizona in the amount of $2,179.06 within 30 days. He is required to comply with the terms of his probation, which include completing a full assessment with the Law Office Management Assistance Program (LOMAP) and reporting any changes in his employment or practice of law.
According to avvo.com, Mr. Goldman is a litigation attorney in Scottsdale, Arizona. He attended the University of Michigan Law School, graduating in 1988.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.