On Monday, August 14, 2023, attorney William Dale Trusler received a reprimand from the Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Supreme Court of Arizona. The reprimand was a consequence of Trusler’s lack of diligence in representing a client, failure to maintain reasonable communication, and imposing an excessive fee for legal services.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of William Dale Trusler,” with case no. PDJ 2023-9045.

The charges cited Arizona Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 42, Ariz. R. Sup. Ct., ERs 1.3, 1.4, and 1.5. 

Attorney William Dale Trusler has willingly entered into a consent agreement for disciplinary action. This agreement followed allegations of professional misconduct and violations of ethical rules. The case had its origins in a formal complaint filed on June 1, 2023, subsequent to a probable cause order entered on May 17, 2023. In an effort to expedite the resolution of the matter, Trusler willingly waived his right to an adjudicatory hearing, along with all motions, defenses, objections, or requests. This paved the way for a cooperative approach between the State Bar of Arizona and Trusler. He conditionally admitted to violating the Rules of Professional Conduct, including issues such as diligence in representing clients, communication, and providing accurate information.

The agreement for discipline states:

“Respondent negligently failed to act diligently or reasonably communicate with his client during the representation and charged the client an unreasonable fee for legal services, all of which was in violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct.”

As a result of this agreement, Trusler faced disciplinary action, which included a reprimand with probation for a two-year period. This probation involved mandatory participation in Law Office Management Assistance Program (LOMAP) assessments and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs with a focus on ethics.

Furthermore, Trusler agreed to pay restitution in the amount of $1,240 to the affected parties, Alan and Kayce Green. This payment was required within thirty days of the entry of the final judgment and order.

The order states:

“IT IS ORDERED that William Dale Trusler, Bar No. 028772, is reprimanded for his conduct in violation of the Arizona Rules of Professional Conduct and Rules of the Supreme Court of Arizona, as outlined in the consent documents.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Tusler practices in Chandler, Arizona. He is licensed in Arizona with license no. 028772.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.