On January 10, 2024, the Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Supreme Court of Colorado approved an extension of probation for Denver attorney Eliana Chavez according to a stipulation filed in the matter.

The case is entitled “People v. Eliana Chavez,” with case no. 21PDJ070.

The stipulation between Chavez and disciplinary counsel stemmed from Chavez’s mishandling of a client’s divorce case back in 2019 which resulted in a six-month suspended license. In October 2021, the judge had initially stayed the suspension and placed Chavez on two years of probation with conditions due to various mitigating factors in the case.

However, the recent stipulation indicated that Chavez had since received a public censure in an unrelated discipline case, 23PDJ060. As a result, the parties agreed to extend Chavez’s probation in the original divorce case matter by an additional year.

According to the court filing, Chavez took on representation of a client in their divorce proceedings in late 2018. In early 2019, she assisted the couple in reaching a settlement during mediation. However, Chavez failed to submit the required documents to the court finalizing the divorce settlement as ordered.

Due to this noncompliance, the court dismissed the divorce case in March 2019. Chavez did not verify that her assistant had sought an extension as she believed. She only learned of the dismissal months later but did not notify her client.

By that point, Chavez had obtained the ex-spouse’s signature on the separation agreement but did not confirm it was filed. When her client learned from new counsel that the divorce was never finalized, they fired Chavez.

The disciplinary judge found Chavez violated Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct 1.2, 1.3, 1.4(a), 1.4(b), 5.3, and 8.4(c) related to diligence, communication, ensuring staff conduct meets ethics standards, and more. Under the new stipulation, her probation was extended through January 2025, during which she must fulfill monitoring and other probationary terms.

According to avvo.com, Ms. Eliana Chavez is a family attorney in Denver, Colorado. She attended the University of Wyoming College of Law. She acquired her law license in Colorado in 2015.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.