Thursday, April 25, 2013

Detroit lawyer Anthony Chambers suspended

Detroit lawyer Anthony Chambers suspended, Detroit attorney Anthony T. Chambers has received a 180-day suspension from the practice of law, the State of Michigan Attorney Discipline Board (ADB) reported Tuesday. The suspension is effective April 22, 2013.

ADB Tri-County Hearing Panel #16 found, by default, that Chambers neglected two legal matters; failed to seek the lawful objectives of his clients; failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness; failed to keep his clients reasonably informed of the status of their matters; and failed to explain a matter to his clients to the extent necessary to permit the clients to make informed decisions regarding their representation.

The panel further found that Chambers failed to properly pay or deliver any funds that his clients are entitled to; failed to hold property of his clients or third persons in connection with a representation separate from the lawyer's own property; failed to deposit his clients' funds into an IOLTA or non-IOLTA account separate from the lawyer's own property; failed to deposit legal fees paid in advance into a client trust account; and failed to refund, upon termination of the representation, any advance payment of fee that has not been earned.

Chambers also knowingly failed to respond to a lawful demand for information from a disciplinary authority and failed to file an answer to the formal complaint.

The panel ordered that Chambers be suspended from the practice of law in Michigan for 180 days, subject to a condition relevant to the established misconduct, and pay costs of $3,312.92.

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