On Monday, February 12, 2024, the Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Arizona Supreme Court ordered the reinstatement of attorney Mark Lee Williams.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Mark Lee Williams” with case number PDJ 2024-9010-R.

Williams had been suspended from practicing law in Arizona for 60 days starting on December 20, 2023. The suspension stemmed from allegations of inappropriate conduct during a 2021 sexual assault case he represented.

Specifically, during cross-examination of the alleged victim and her mother, Williams was accused of asking inappropriate questions and making inappropriate statements. While the conduct was deemed serious enough to warrant discipline, mitigating factors led to a shorter suspension than in similar past cases.

In November 2023, Williams entered into a consent agreement with the State Bar of Arizona acknowledging his wrongdoing and expressing remorse. This avoided a full disciplinary hearing on the matter. The consent agreement outlined a 60-day suspension along with required continuing legal education and a six-month probation period upon reinstatement.

On December 13, 2023, Presiding Disciplinary Judge Margaret Downie approved the agreement in a Final Judgment and Order, officially imposing the 60-day suspension.

With the suspension now served, Williams filed an Affidavit for Reinstatement, as required by court rules. The State Bar advised it had no objection to reinstating Williams. Judge Downie then issued an Order of Reinstatement, effective February 18, 2024, returning Williams’ law license to active status.

However, the probationary terms from the original disciplinary case remain in effect. For the next six months, Williams must abide by conditions monitoring his law practice. If any issues arise, the State Bar could seek to revoke his reinstated license.

According to Avvo, Mr. Williams is a criminal defense attorney in Nogales, Arizona. He acquired his law license in Arizona in 2003. 

A copy of the original filing can be found here.