On Wednesday, October 18, 2023, the Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Arizona Supreme Court suspended attorney Daniel E. Fredenberg for 6 months and 1 day, with an effective date of 60 days from the date of the order, for conduct that violated the Arizona Rules of Professional Conduct.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of  Daniel E. Fredenberg,” with case number PDJ 2023-9039.

The suspension order comes after Fredenberg entered into an Agreement for Discipline by Consent with the State Bar of Arizona to resolve a formal complaint filed against him on May 10, 2023.

According to the Agreement, Fredenberg pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment and misdemeanor interference with judicial proceedings. The convictions stemmed from actions Fredenberg took against his former spouse while engaged in contentious family law proceedings.

Specifically, Fredenberg created fake dating profiles for his former spouse and posted sexually explicit content while including her actual telephone number. This led to his former spouse receiving unwanted graphic images and messages from responding men. Fredenberg also contacted his former spouse by email in violation of an existing protective order.

Fredenberg’s actions violated several Arizona Rules of Professional Conduct, including 3.4(c), 8.4(b), 8.4(c), 8.4(d), 41(b)(7), 54(c), and 54(g).

Under the Agreement, Fredenberg agreed to a 6-month and 1-day suspension, with reinstatement contingent on compliance with Rule 72 of the Arizona Rules of the Supreme Court. He also agreed to pay costs and expenses to the State Bar of Arizona in the amount of $1,200 within 30 days.

In accepting the Agreement, the Presiding Disciplinary Judge stated that while a lengthier suspension may have been warranted, Fredenberg’s lack of prior discipline and the fact he will be required to prove rehabilitation under Rule 65 before being reinstated support the discipline.

Fredenberg’s suspension from practice will start on December 18, 2023. He will be able to apply for reinstatement on June 19, 2024, as per Rule 65 of the Arizona Rules of the Supreme Court.

According to Avvo, Mr. Fredenberg is a construction and development attorney in Phoenix, Arizona. He attended the Willamette University College of Law. He acquired his law license in Arizona in 2000.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.