A Colorado lawyer who got drunk on the job and sexually harassed a subordinate was among several publicly sanctioned state lawyers in October and November.
Lawyer Phillip Amos, who previously worked for Franklin D. Azar and Associates, received a six-month suspension of his lawyer’s license – remained after two years of probation – for the October 9 incident 2020, according to a stipulation filed with the Office of the Presiding Disciplinary Judge, which manages professional discipline for attorneys in Colorado.
Amos drank heavily throughout the day and in his Aurora office, as stipulated. Visibly intoxicated, he called a subordinate into his office and began to comment on her body and how “hot” she was. He used foul and offensive language, the stipulation says.
The subordinate reported Amos to the company’s human resources department. He was fired that night.
Amos told disciplinary investigators he didn’t remember much of what he said or did that afternoon. He said he had been sober shortly after that day and sought treatment from mental health professionals. He did not return a request for comment.
In another case, a lawyer received a nine-month suspension for disclosing confidential information. Lawyer Kerry Rohweder began a romantic relationship with a married woman he represented (he also represented her husband), and later, during the couple’s controversial divorce and custody dispute, disclosed confidential information that ‘he had learned while working as a lawyer, under the Discipline stipulation.
Rohweder believed he learned the information by acting as a friend of the couple, and not as a lawyer, according to the stipulation.
“However, he acknowledges that he was still a lawyer of record in their two cases at the time, even though there were no active problems in their cases,” the stipulation reads.
Rohweder’s suspension will be put on hold if he successfully completes two years of probation. He did not return a request for comment.
In a third case, attorney Robert Wiegand was publicly censured for failing to resolve conflicts of interest with a client and for communicating poorly with that client.
“The discipline was due to the fact that at one point in a year, I ostensibly failed to communicate with my client about a potential conflict of interest that never arose,” Wiegand said on Monday. . “And any lawyer who has worked in estate planning and read the whole thing would be concerned that (the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel) would think this was a violation.” It would have cost too much to go to trial. “
In November, the state also filed a lawsuit against Evergreen attorney Jennifer Emmi, also known as Jennifer Edwards. Emmi was sentenced in August to 10 years in prison as part of a murder-for-pay scheme. This disciplinary case is ongoing.
Other lawyers were penalized in October and November for miscommunication with clients, inept bookkeeping and malpractice in other states.