On Thursday, October 19, 2023, William B. Anderson, an attorney licensed to practice law in Utah, accepted a two-year suspension of his license to practice in Arizona imposed by the state’s Presiding Disciplinary Judge.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of William B. Anderson,” with case no. PDJ 2022-9072.

Margaret H. Downie, the Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Supreme Court of Arizona, issued orders accepting an agreement between Anderson and State Bar Counsel to suspend Anderson’s license for two years. Judge Downie also ordered Anderson to pay $1,200 in costs to the State Bar of Arizona.

Anderson conditionally admitted to violating multiple rules of professional conduct in his representation of 47 Arizona clients between January and July 2021, during a period when he was not licensed in Arizona. According to orders issued by Judge Downie, Anderson misrepresented to his clients, insurance companies, and others that an Arizona-licensed attorney was representing the clients, when in fact he had not associated any local counsel on the cases.

On September 22, 2022, the State Bar filed a formal complaint against Anderson that outlined the violations. On October 4, 2023, Anderson and bar counsel filed an agreement with the Presiding Disciplinary Judge’s office detailing the misconduct and proposed discipline. Judge Downie formally accepted the agreement and imposed the two-year suspension on October 19.

The orders note Anderson’s lack of prior discipline since being admitted in Utah in 2014 led to reducing the sanction to a suspension rather than a harsher punishment like disbarment. He is suspended effective November 18, 2023.

The Disposition states:

“IT IS ORDERED that William B. Anderson, Bar No. 036859, is suspended from the practice of law in Arizona for two years for his conduct in violation of the Arizona Rules of Professional Conduct and Rules of the Supreme Court of Arizona, effective 30 days from the date of this order.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Anderson is an Attorney in Midvale, Utah. He attended the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, graduating in 2013. He acquired his law license in Arizona in 2021.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.