On Tuesday, December 7, 2022, the Supreme Court of Colorado suspended attorney Stephanie Ellena Grewe for failure to act with reasonable diligence. The case is entitled “People v. Stephanie Ellena Grewe” with case no. 22PDJ037.

The charges cited Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct 1.3, 1.4(a)(3), 1.5(f), and 1.15A(a) which state:

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

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

A lawyer does not earn fees until a benefit is conferred on the client or the lawyer performs a legal service.

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

The Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.

In 2019, the respondent assisted a married couple through an immigration proceeding. This matter included the Application for Adjustment Status and 1-131 travel documents. After that year, the respondent’s client’s paid her $575.00 for the form  1-131 filing fee. Ms. Grewe, the respondent deposited the said funds along with the Government filings into her operating account instead of her Trus account. When she was questioned by the authorities about the filing, she submitted such a form to the immigration authorities around December 2019 or January 2020. However, there was no evidence otherwise.

The Respondent’s Flat Fee Agreement with the client states that she was to earn 50% of her fee upon the application of the 1-131 form. The respondent sent her clients the invoice that she already had filed the form. However, upon contacting immigration, the clients found that no 1-131 form has been received yet. They already paid $2,000 of the $4,000 full amount of fees that the respondent asked for as a legal fee. The respondent said that she would seek to address the matter by filing a Petition for a Writ of Mandamus in the Federal Court. However, no filing happened.

Aside from these facts, it was also alleged that the Respondent failed to respond to the couple’s requests for updates in late January and February of 2021. With the aforementioned, conducts, the court found that the respondent violated the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct.

The Disposition states:

“The Presiding Disciplinary Judge approved the parties’ stipulation to discipline and publicly suspended Stephanie Ellena Grewe (attorney registration number 47029) for six months, with thirty days to be served and the remainder to be stayed upon Grewe’s successful completion of a two-year period of probation, with conditions. The suspension takes effect on January 31, 2023.”

Ms. Grewe attended the Ave Maria School of Law. She practices in Lakewood, Colorado. She is licensed in Colorado, and as well in Nebraska with license #47029. Her info can be found on martindale.com.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.