Attorney Wilkes Suspended for Client Abandonment, Financial Issues

The Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Arizona Supreme Court issued an order placing Garrett J. Wilkes of Phoenix on interim suspension.

On Feb. 26, 2018, the Presiding Disciplinary Judge accepted an agreement for discipline by consent between Wilkes and the State Bar of Arizona that resulted in an interim suspension.

The State Bar of Arizona alleged that Wilkes engaged in conduct that has caused, or is likely to cause, immediate and substantial harm to clients, the public, or the administration of justice. The conduct included allegations of client abandonment, retention of excessive client fees, and the theft of client funds and client files.

Wilkes’ interim suspension shall be enforced until the final disposition of all pending proceedings against him.

He was ordered to notify current clients of his interim suspension. Wilkes shall not accept new clients and is precluded from accepting funds for that purpose.

Garrett J. Wilkes’ interim suspension is effective Mar. 15, 2018.

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