On Wednesday, January 10, 2024, the Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Supreme Court of Colorado approved a stipulation between disciplinary authorities and Attorney Matthew David Keller, suspending him from practicing law for six months, which is deferred pending Keller’s successful completion of two years of probation with conditions.

The case is entitled ‘People v. Matthew David Keller,’ with case no. 24PDJ001.

The cited misconduct pertains to the violation of Rules 1.1, 1.3, 1.4(a)(2)-(4), 1.15A(a) of the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct, which state that:

A lawyer must competently represent a client;

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, keep a client reasonably informed about the status of the matter, and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information;

A lawyer must hold client property separate from the lawyer’s own property.

The Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.

According to the stipulation, Attorney Keller had neglected a client’s case between 2020 and 2021 while representing the client under a $7,000 contract with Alternative Defense Counsel.

In December 2019, Keller was hired to file a Rule 35(c) petition on behalf of a felony criminal defendant, though it was his first such case.

On January 8, 2020, Keller withdrew $431.60 from his trust account to pay himself for work on the case despite not receiving payment from ADC yet. He did not repay the amount until disciplinary authorities intervened in 2022.

Additionally, Attorney Keller failed to timely file two status reports to the court in the spring of 2020 regarding his client’s case. In fall 2020, Keller informed his client he did not believe there were viable claims but the client did not want to abandon the petition. Between October 2020 and May 2021, Keller failed to communicate with his client. He sent a letter promising to file a motion in the summer of 2021 but did not do so. Keller admitted to abandoning the case before ending his contract with ADC in December 2021.

The disciplinary judge found Keller violated Colorado ethics rules regarding competence, diligence, client communication, and holding client funds separately.

As a result, Keller was suspended for six months, all stayed pending the successful completion of two years of probation.

The filing reads:

“The Presiding Disciplinary Judge approved the parties’ stipulation to discipline and suspended Matthew David Keller (attorney registration number 43584) for six months, all to be stayed pending Keller’s successful completion of a two-year period of probation, with conditions. The probation took effect anuary10,2024.”

According to Avvo, Attorney Matthew David Keller is a criminal defense attorney based in Denver, Colorado. He attended the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, graduating in 2011. He acquired his license in Colorado in the same year.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.