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Case Number: 05-1161-R
Case: 10-1703, Charges: 89
Case: 05-1161-R
Case: 05-1161-R
Case: 05-1161, Charges: 21
Case: 98-2204, Charges: 20

Fees, Costs & Expenses

Jeffrey Phillips


Everyone knows Jeffrey Phillips.  A while back, he got in trouble with the State Bar. Below is just a sample of the Discipline process and some of the "sentences" handed down. 


The Process in a Nutshell​:

1. Someone files a complaint against Mr. Phillips

2. The State Bar investigates

3. Mr. Phillips is required to hire defense counsel

4. The Presiding Judge Rules.

5. Mr. Phillips has been: on probation, reprimanded, suspended and censured.


Mr. Phillips is the perfect target for the State Bar because he has deep pockets. Notice the Order below making him pay the costs/expenses. He'll pay those, his counsel fees and the investigation. The SBA makes a fortune ($4 million) off of these types of cases.

​​Date
08/21/13
05/18/12
09/12/11
09/12/11
02/18/11
09/13/02

Activity
Probation Complete
Reprimand
Probation
Reinstatement Granted
Suspension - short term
Censure


Bar Counsel

10-703 Disposition Summary
Jeffrey L. Phillips - Bar No. 013362
File Nos. 10-1703, 10-1712, 10-1769, 10-2237, 11-0471, 11-0537, 11-0716, 11-0857, 11-0953, 11-1030, 11-1046, 11-1086, 11-1088, 11-1090, 11-1092, 11-1123, 11-1125, 11-1150, 11-1181, 11-1219, 11-1221, 11-1225, 11-1228, 11-1247, 11-1249, 11-1264, 11-1265, 11-1287, 11-1327, 11-1340, 11-1434, 11-1436, 11-1438, 11-1442, 11-1445, 11-1447, 11-1492, 11-1494, 11-1613, 11-1614, 11-1615, 11-1616, 11-1663, 11-1665, 11-1667, 11-1669, 11-1671, 11-1722, 11-1725, 11-1727, 11-1729, 11-1730, 11-1882, 11-2088, 11-2092, 11-2094, 11-2098, 11-2127, 11-2131, 11-2133, 11-2137, 11-2139, 11-2141, 11-2144, 11-2146, 11-2148, 11-2160, 11-2168, 11-2272, 11-2278, 11-2279, 11-2292, 11-2294, 11-2302, 11-2427, 11-2429, 11-2431, 11-2445, 11-2732, 11-2733, 11-2843, 11-2845, 11-2850, 11-3115, 11-3116, 11-3119, 11-3121, 11-3327, 11-3335

PDJ No.: PDJ No. 2012-9043
By judgment and order of the presiding disciplinary judge dated May 18, 2012, Jeffrey L. Phillips, Phoenix, was reprimanded.
He was also assessed the costs and expenses of the disciplinary proceeding.

Mr. Phillips, the sole owner of Phillips & Associates Bankruptcy Law Center, sold his entire bankruptcy practice to attorney David Wroblewski, effective January 1, 2011. Mr. Phillips failed to notify his bankruptcy clients of the proposed sale. As a result, Mr. Phillips’ clients were unaware that Mr. Phillips intended to sell his bankruptcy practice to Mr. Wroblewski; that they had a right to retain other counsel or to take possession of their files; or that, if they did not object within 90 days, their consent to the transfer of their files to Mr. Wroblewski’s firm would be presumed.. 

Although Mr. Phillips failed to notify his clients of the proposed sale, Mr. Wroblewski sent a letter to Mr. Phillips’ former bankruptcy clients on or about February 16, 2011, in which he stated the firm had changed its name to David Wroblewski & Associates, P.C., that their cases would not be affected in any way, and that the attorney and paralegal assigned to their cases would remain the same.

Aggravating factors: Prior disciplinary offenses and substantial experience in the practice of law. 

Mitigating factors: absence of a dishonest or selfish motive, timely good-faith effort to make restitution or to rectify the consequences of the misconduct, full and free disclosure to bar counsel and cooperative attitude toward the disciplinary proceedings, and delay in the disciplinary proceedings.

Mr. Phillips violated Rule 42, Ariz. R. Sup. Ct., specifically ER 1.17(c).