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No. 16PDJ013. People v. Adams. 11/8/2016
Following a sanctions hearing, the PDJ disbarred Jared Daniel Adams, attorney registration number 41154, from the practice of law. His disbarment took effect on December 13, 2016.
Adams abandoned clients in six cases. In one case, Adams left a client at trial without counsel. In two other cases, his neglect resulted in warrants being issued for the arrest of his clients. Adams caused significant hardship as a result of his failure to respond to clients' communications across these cases. Adams also appeared in court with methamphetamine in his briefcase.
Through this misconduct, Adams violated Colo. RPC 1.3 (a lawyer shall act with reasonable diligence and promptness when representing a client); Colo. RPC 1.4(a)(3) (a lawyer shall keep the client reasonably informed); Colo. RPC 1.4(a)(4) (a lawyer shall promptly comply with reasonable requests for information); Colo. RPC 1.15A (a lawyer shall safeguard client property); Colo. RPC 1.16(d) (a lawyer shall protect a client's rights upon termination); Colo. RPC 3.4(c) (a lawyer shall not knowingly disobey an obligation under the rules of a tribunal); Colo. RPC 8.1(b) (a lawyer shall not knowingly fail to respond to a lawful demand for information in a disciplinary matter); Colo. RPC 8.4(b) (it is professional misconduct for a lawyer to commit a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer's honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects); Colo. RPC 8.4(c) (a lawyer shall not engage in dishonest conduct); and Colo. RPC 8.4(d) (a lawyer shall not engage in conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice).
No. 15PDJ039. People v. Lindquist. 11/8/2016