On Friday, January 27, 2022, the Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Arizona Supreme Court issued a Final Judgment and Order admonishing attorney Rick Kilfoy for misconduct.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Rick Kilfoy,” and was brought by the State Bar of Arizona with case no. 2022-9087.
The charges cited Arizona Rules of Professional Conduct ER. 1.2(a), 1.3, 1.4, 1.16(d), and 8.4(d), and Rules 42 of Arizona Rules of the Supreme Court.
The respondent was appointed to represent a minor in a probate proceeding that included a claim against him for wrongful death.
The filing states:
“Mr. Kilfoy negligently failed to act diligently or communicate adequately with his client and, as a result, violated duties owed to his client and the legal system. The parties stipulate that there was potential harm to the client and the legal system”
The State Bar stated that based on the facts, the appropriate sanction for the respondent is admonition after taking into account the mitigating factor that the respondent has been practicing law for more than 25 years without any prior discipline and the imposition of costs and expenses to protect the public, the profession, and the administration of justice. The Presiding Judge of the Supreme Court of Arizona approved the said recommendation.
The disposition state that:
“It is ordered that Respondent, Rick Kilfoy, is admonished for his conduct in violation of the Arizona Rules of Professional Conduct and he is hereby ordered to pay the costs and expenses of the Arizona State Bar and those incured by the disciplinary clerk and/or Presiding Disciplinary Judge’s Office in connection with these disciplinary proceedings.”
As of today, Mr. Kilfoy is a sole practitioner. His info can be found on Linkedin. Kilfoy practices in the state of Arizona.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.