FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 10, 2019
Contact: Alberto Rodriguez
Phoenix Attorney Don W. Cartier Suspended for Three Years
May 10, 2019 – PHOENIX – Attorney Don W. Cartier of Phoenix has been suspended for three years for signing his client’s name on a court filing without his client’s consent.
In a family law case, Cartier filed an Amended Petition to Establish Legal Decision Making and Parenting Time. Cartier knowingly signed his client’s name in cursive on the pleading under penalty of perjury without his client’s knowledge or consent.
Cartier was previously suspended for six months and one day after the Supreme Court of Arizona upheld an earlier sanction ordered by the Presiding Disciplinary Judge on May 25, 2018. The suspension stemmed from his misconduct in disclosing privileged information, mismanaging his trust account and misrepresenting his level of legal experience.
In addition to his three-year suspension, Don W. Cartier was ordered to serve two years of probation upon reinstatement and must participate in the Bar’s Member Assistance Program and Law Office Management Assistance Program. He must also pay for the costs and expenses incurred by the State Bar of Arizona.
Consumers may report attorney misconduct by calling the State Bar of Arizona Attorney/Consumer Assistance Program (A/CAP) hotline at 602.340.7280.
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