On Monday, February 6, 2023, the Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Supreme Court of Arizona suspended attorney Gil C. Negrete for failure to follow the procedures required by ER 1.15. The case is entitled “In the matter of Gil C. Negrete” and was brought by the State Bar of Arizona with case no. 2022-9073.

The charges cited Arizona Rules of Professional Conduct 42, ERs 1.15( d), (e), and (f); 4.4(a); 8.1 (a); and 8.4(c).

Allegedly, in an agreement for discipline by consent, it was stated that the respondent while representing a client in a bodily injury case, bullied the manager of Cradic Chiropractic, an institution where the client was taken care of and now recording a medical lien against the respondent’s client. In the course of the State bar’s investigation against the alleged misconduct of the respondent, Mr. Negrete also altered several emails in an attempt to misleadingly support his compliance with ER. 1.15(f).

The filing states:

“On June 22, 2021, Respondent emailed Dr. Cradic and Complainant:

Please be advised that if you do not file your suit within 30 days I will be forced to give the funds to my client and you can handle your so-called medical liens with her. I don’t want to do that but you have given me no other choice. Thank you. – Gil.”

          On July 1, 2021, Complainant forwarded to Dr. Cradic an email she previously sent Respondent that stated:

Mr. Negrete, I have attached all of the contracts that Ms. [CB] signed in our office along with the recorded lien for your information. Please pay the balance in full of $3228.50 once you have received the settlement money.”

The filing continues:

“Respondent also altered the original June 22, 2021 email he sent to Complainant by manually inserting “please advise if you received my E.R. l .15(F) 5 letter regarding our position” into the email after “no other choice.” and before “Thank you. – Gil.”. Respondent did not send the ER l.15(f) letter to Complainant by certified mail as required by the rule and Complainant did not receive this or any ER l.15(f) letter. In his response to the State Bar’s charge in this matter, Respondent admitted his two alterations of the emails attempted to misleadingly support his compliance with ER l .15(F) and acknowledged that “they were self-serving, false and wrong.”

On February 9, 2023, the presiding disciplinary judge of the Supreme Court of Arizona accepted the agreement for discipline by consent of the respondent. According to the court, this is because Mr. Negrete will still be required to go through the full reinstatement proceedings should he wish to practice law in Arizona again.

The Dispositon states:

“IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Respondent GIL C. NEGRETE, Bar No. 026068, is suspended from the practice of law in Arizona for one year, effective 60 days from the date of this order, for his conduct in violation of the Arizona Rules of Professional Conduct, as outlined in the consent documents.”

As of today, Mr. Negrete runs his own law firm, the Law Offices Of Gil Negrete PC. He attended the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, at Arizona State University. He practices in Phoenix, Arizona. He is licensed in Arizona with license no. 026068. His info can be found on lawyer.com.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.