On Wednesday, January 2, 2024, the Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Supreme Court of Colorado approved a stipulation between Gabriel Nathan Schwartz and disciplinary counsel to suspend Schwartz from the practice of law for six months.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Gabriel Nathan Schwartz,” with case no. 23PDJ075.
According to the stipulation, Schwartz had been previously suspended from June 2019 through March 2020. During this initial suspension period, Schwartz remained involved in administrative work for his law firm. In November 2019, Schwartz received a call from a potential client seeking legal representation for injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Texas.
Schwartz did not directly communicate with the client but had a paralegal send intake paperwork to her. Over the following months, the client corresponded with paralegals at the firm regarding her case but did not communicate with Schwartz. It was not until April 2020, after the completion of his suspension, that Schwartz contacted the client via email.
In this correspondence, Schwartz inaccurately claimed he had been handling the client’s case since she retained the firm when in fact he performed no legal work on the matter during his suspension period. He also failed to inform the client that she had the choice to retain alternate counsel. After this, Schwartz did not speak to the client again until March 2022 when he informed her the statute of limitations had expired on her injury claim.
Schwartz offered the client $5,000 to settle any potential legal malpractice claims. Through this conduct, it was found that Schwartz violated Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct 1.3 and 1.4(b). Rule 1.3 requires lawyers to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in client matters, while Rule 1.4(b) mandates lawyers explain matters to allow clients to make informed decisions.
According to Avvo.com, Mr. Gabrien Nathan Schwartz is a personal injury attorney in Denver, Colorado. He attended the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He acquired his law license in Colorado in 2004.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.