Scottsdale attorney disbarred following state bar investigation

A view of the Arizona Supreme Court, 1501 W. Washington St. (Submitted photo)

The Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Arizona Supreme Court along with a Disciplinary Hearing Panel ordered attorney Marcy E. Golomb of Scottsdale be disbarred after abandoning clients, keeping client funds and failing to comply with the State Bar of Arizona investigation.

A client hired Ms. Golomb to represent him and his business in a commercial dispute, according to a press release.

After charging the client a flat fee of $1,000, he paid her $750 in cash, which Ms. Golomb said, per the state bar investigation, she needed immediately for the filing fee and drafting of the answer. She did not provide him with a written fee agreement.

When the client attempted to communicate with Ms. Golomb for updates on his case, she informed him she had not performed any work or filed anything on his behalf because “the PayPal payment had not gone through successfully,” a release states.

Ms. Golomb’s client disputed this because he paid her cash. The client hired successor counsel and requested a refund, to which Ms. Golomb agreed; however, she failed to show up every time they agreed to meet, per the state bar investigation.

In a separate matter, Ms. Golomb’s client hired her to handle a personal injury case on a contingency basis. Ms. Golomb agreed to receive one-third of any monies recovered in the claim, but never provided her client with a written fee agreement. Her client provided all relevant documentation, a release states.

The client asked for updates and Ms. Golomb made various assurances, including that the matter would settle “after the holidays.”

Ms. Golomb stopped communicating, the investigation found, and the client spoke with Ms. Golomb’s father who told her she was no longer practicing law.

In addition, Maricopa County court records do not reflect that any suit was ever filed on the client’s behalf, according to a release.

The client could no longer file a claim because the statute of limitations had run on her case during the time Ms. Golomb was supposed to be handling it.

In all matters, investigators found Ms. Golomb failed to respond to requests for information during the State Bar of Arizona’s investigation.

Ms. Golomb’s disbarment was ordered effective Jan. 8. She was also ordered to pay for the costs and expenses incurred by the State Bar of Arizona and the Office of the Presiding Disciplinary Judge and must pay $750 in restitution to one client.

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