Texas Bar Reprimands and Suspends Two Amarillo Lawyers

The Texas Bar has issued disciplinary actions for two Amarillo lawyers in March & April 2017.

The following is a release from the State Bar (verbatim from the State Bar of Texas):

PUBLIC REPRIMANDS

On December 19, 2016, Tony Edward Ivie [#10438800], 55, of Amarillo, received a public reprimand. An evidentiary panel of the District 13 Grievance Committee found that in or about March 2014, a complainant hired Ivie to represent him in a divorce. Upon termination of Ivie’s representation of the complainant, Ivie failed to refund advance payments of fees that had not been earned. Ivie failed to timely furnish to the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel a response or other information as required by the Texas Rules of Disciplinary Procedure. Ivie did not in good faith timely assert a privilege or other legal ground for failure to do so. Ivie violated Rules 1.15(d) and 8.04(a)(8). He was ordered to pay $1,500 in restitution and $875 in attorneys’ fees and direct expenses.

SUSPENSIONS

On December 22, 2016, Gregory L. Phifer [#15908580], 53, of Amarillo, received a three-year partially probated suspension, with the first 12 months actively suspended and the remainder probated. An evidentiary panel of the District 13 Grievance Committee found that Phifer engaged in the practice of law in Texas when his right to practice had been suspended. The panel also found that Phifer failed to timely furnish to the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel a response or other information as required by the Texas Rules of Disciplinary Procedure and that Phifer did not in good faith
timely assert a privilege or other legal ground for his failure to do so. Phifer violated Rules 8.04(a)(8) and 8.04(a)(11). He was ordered to pay $1,613.25 in attorneys’ fees and $386.75 in direct expenses.

On December 22, 2016, Gregory L. Phifer [#15908580], 53, of Amarillo, received a three-year partially probated suspension, with the first 12 months actively suspended and the remainder probated. An evidentiary panel of the District 13 Grievance Committee found that Phifer failed to keep his client reasonably informed about the status of her case and failed to promptly comply with the client’s reasonable requests for information. The panel found that Phifer engaged in the practice of law in Texas when his right to practice had been suspended. The panel further found that Phifer failed to timely furnish to the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel a response or other information as required by the Texas Rules of Disciplinary Procedure and that Phifer did not in good faith timely assert a privilege or other legal ground for failure to do so. Phifer violated Rules 1.03(a), 8.04(a)(8), and 8.04(a)(11). He was ordered to pay $6,500 in restitution, $2,018.25 in attorneys’ fees, and $371.75 in direct expenses.


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