On January 10, 2024, the Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Supreme Court of Colorado approved a stipulation to discipline and publicly censure attorney Eliana Chavez. The censure stems from Chavez’s negligent conduct in multiple domestic relations matters, as outlined in the stipulation to discipline.
The case is entitled “People v. Eliana Chavez,” with case number 23PDJ060.
According to the stipulation, in January 2022, while representing a client in a domestic relations case, Chavez agreed to continue a permanent orders hearing at the opposing counsel’s request. However, when her client withdrew consent, Chavez failed to communicate the court’s decision promptly. The client’s attempts to seek updates were ignored, leading to confusion and misinformation about an emergency hearing request.
Chavez’s negligence extended to other cases, including a dissolution matter where she and her client missed two initial status conferences, resulting in case dismissal. In another dissolution case, Chavez failed to appear at an initial status conference, leading to dismissal, and subsequently moved to reopen the case without prompt action.
Chavez’s actions constituted violations of three specific rules outlined in the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct. These rules include: Colo. RPC 1.3, which mandates lawyers to diligently and promptly represent their clients; Colo. RPC 1.4(a), which requires lawyers to maintain reasonable communication with their clients; and Colo. RPC 8.4(d), which considers it professional misconduct for lawyers to engage in behavior that undermines the administration of justice.
The public censure considered various factors that lessen the significance of Chavez’s negligent behavior, along with a recent court order that approved the parties’ agreement to extend Chavez’s probation period by one year in case number 21PDJ070. During this extended period, Chavez is required to adhere to specific conditions, such as practice monitoring, which were imposed in that case.
According to Avvo, Ms. Chavez is a family attorney in Denver, Colorado. She graduated from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 2014. She obtained her law license in Colorado the following year.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.