On Friday, September 1, 2023, the Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Colorado Supreme Court suspended attorney Anne Marissa Parker for thirty days with the suspension stayed pending eighteen months of probation. This disciplinary action stems from Ms. Parker’s handling of a client’s postconviction relief case.

The case is entitled “People v. Anne Marissa Parker,” with case no. 22PDJ069.

The charges cited Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct 1.3 1.4(a)(2), 1.4(a)(3), 1.4(a)(4), 1.16(d), and 3.4(c)

A lawyer must act with reasonable diligence and promptness when representing a client.

A lawyer must reasonably consult with a client about the means by which the client’s objectives are to be accomplished.

A lawyer must keep a client reasonably informed about the status of the matter.

A lawyer must promptly comply with reasonable requests for information.

A lawyer must protect a client’s interests upon termination of the representation, including by giving reasonable notice to the client.

A lawyer must not knowingly disobey an obligation under the rules of a tribunal.

In September 2019, Ms. Parker filed a Rule 35(c) petition on her client’s behalf in the Colorado district court. In February 2020, the court granted a hearing on the petition and ordered Ms. Parker to schedule it, but she failed to do so. From March 2020 until at least August 2020, Ms. Parker experienced personal problems and did not respond to her client’s emails seeking updates.

In September 2020, frustrated by Ms. Parker’s lack of communication, the client wrote directly to the court stating he wanted a hearing but could not reach his attorney. He sent copies of this letter to Ms. Parker in September 2020 and January 2021 but received no response. In August and October 2021, neither Ms. Parker nor her client appeared for scheduled status conferences and hearings, resulting in the court closing the case.

Ms. Parker was found to have violated her duties of diligence, communication with the client, and withdrawal from representation. Considering substantial mitigating factors, the Colorado Supreme Court suspended her license for thirty days but stayed the suspension for eighteen months of probation.

The Disposition states:

“The Presiding Disciplinary Judge approved the parties’ stipulation to discipline and suspended Anne Marissa Parker (attorney registration number 45121 ) for thirty days, all to stay upon an eighteen-month period of probation with conditions.”

According to avvo.com, Ms. Parker is an appeals attorney in Denver, Colorado. She attended the University of Denver, graduating in 2012. She acquired her law license in Colorado in 2012.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.