The Colorado Supreme Court’s Office of the Presiding Disciplinary Judge announced two disbarments, two suspensions and one reinstatement for the month of April.
Judge William Lucero disbarred both David Albert Solomon and Gregg McReynolds for converting client funds. Solomon represented a bank over the course of nine years, during which time he negotiated settlements without his client’s consent and converted client funds by ignoring his obligation to hold in trust those settlement payments. He also failed to keep his clients’ funds separate from his own. Solomon was previously suspended in 2005 for six months for neglecting a client matter and failing to protect his client’s interests.
McReynolds also converted funds he received on behalf of his client for her personal injury case (though he ultimately refunded those funds to her). In a second case, McReynolds settled a matter on his client’s behalf but failed to inform her he’d received the funds.
People v. Solomon. 12PDJ055. February 22. Attorney Regulation. The Presiding Disciplinary Judge disbarred David Albert Solomon (Attorney Registration No. 03176), effective March 29. Solomon, who was retained by a bank to handle collection matters, negotiated settlements without his client’s consent and converted client funds by ignoring his obligation to hold in trust those settlement payments. Solomon also failed to keep funds belonging to his client separate from his own, failed to promptly deliver to his client property it was entitled to receive, failed provide an accounting regarding his interests in the property, and failed to withdraw from the representation. His misconduct constitutes grounds for the imposition of discipline pursuant to C.R.C.P. 251.5 and violated Colo. RPC 1.2(a), 1.15(a), 1.15(b), 1.15(c), 1.16(a)(3), and 8.4(c).
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2 Disbarments, 2 Suspensions in April