Thursday, November 20, 2014   

Martin Brannan suspended by State Bar

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Image via QTown.US

The State Bar of Arizona has suspended the law license of former Quartzsite Town Attorney Martin Brannan.

On April 30th, 2014, a disciplinary judge ordered the suspension for 90 days, citing Brannan’s failure to acknowledge conflicts of interest he had during and after his time as Quartzsite’s Town Attorney.

According to the Disposition Summary in the case:

“Mr. Brannan, the Quartzsite town attorney, town prosecutor, and town parliamentarian, filed a criminal complaint against his client, the mayor, for allegedly refusing to adjourn a town council meeting owing to lack of a quorum. Mr. Brannan also initiated litigation on behalf of his client — the town — against his other clients, the Quartzsite Town Council and certain Quartzsite employees in various personnel matters, without obtaining written informed consent to the conflicts of interest. When Mr. Brannan was fired he failed to return town property (files and electronically stored data) to the town. After he was fired, Mr. Brannan represented former town employees in litigation against the town — his former client — without obtaining written informed consent to the conflict of interest. On motion, Mr. Brannan was disqualified from representing the former employees due to his conflict of interest with his former employer.”

The summary also mentions several aggravating factors, including prior disciplinary offenses, one of which resulted in a formal reprimand by the state bar in 2011. The reprimand was for communicating a pending plea agreement to a represented criminal defendant outside the presence of their counsel, and happened while Brannan was working with the Apache County Attorney’s Office.

Mitigating factors in the current disciplinary proceeding include “personal or emotional problems, full and free disclosure to the disciplinary board or cooperative attitude toward proceedings, and remorse.”

According to Brannan’s website, he has since been working in private practice representing carefully chosen clients. “Martin won’t take just any case or any client,” his website says. “He takes very few clients so that he can give the clients he does take the time and attention that they deserve.”

Brannan’s time as Quartzsite Town Attorney came during a turbulent period in the town’s history. Along with former Town Manager Alex Taft and former Police Chief Jeff Gilbert, Brannan represented a Town Council that was engaged in organized opposition from Mayor Ed Foster, newspaper publisher Jennifer Jones and others, and came under fire in the national news for actions that they took in the hostilities.

Alex Taft is now a recently hired employee of La Paz County. To read Parker Live’s coverage of previous news involving Martin Brannan, CLICK HERE.

8 comments

  1. It’s about dam time

  2. hahahaha…..#whitepeopleproblems

  3. Good things take time mendoza now Brannan who’s next

  4. Sad these are the towns leaders and it really shows how these people are locking up criminals they should be sharing a cell with.. getting that white collar dingy.

  5. I am left to wonder if this simple 90-day slap on the wrist of Attorney Martin E. Brannan does any justice for his victims here in Arizona. One is left to wonder how the family of William F. McCarraghe feels today, after the actions of Martin E. Brannan caused (Civil Rights Violations) the release of Joseph Douglas Roberts (Charged with Mr. McCarraghe murder.) with a court ruling that Roberts couldn’t be tried again on the charges filed against him. SEE: http://www.aview.info/A-View/Library/PDF/AZ/AZ-BAR/ApacheCounty-11-01-20-RobertsRelease-AV.pdf

    Even as the Attorney for La Paz County, he was accused of questionable practices that caught the eyes of the Arizona Republic to report the following. SEE: http://www.aview.info/A-View/Library/PDF/La%20Paz/CARLISLE/Carlisle-07-05-25-Brannan-Groe-Report&Info-AV.pdf

    There is a long list of problems, complaints, and questionable actions related to Mr. Brannan in Quartzsite as well. You can see some of the documented problems related to and alleged criminal and Civil Rights violations at aview.info. SEE: http://www.aview.info/A-View-Index-ByName.html#BRANNAN

    One is left to ask, “Did the Arizona Supreme Court have all the information related to Martin E. Brannan before them before they made their ruling?”

    Constable Paul Staudt (Ret)
    JP-4 2008-2010 Quartzsite, AZ

  6. What is Alex Taft’s current job position with the county? Is she working for her old friend Dan Field?

  7. http://www.co.la-paz.az.us/RM_M_05-19-14.pdf

    Look at section 5(h,) she is the new La Paz County Grants Administrator / Resource Coordinator.

  8. What an amazing story this all is. Between the blatant corruption and abuse of power right down to this guy thinking he could get away with suing a former client, a town no less, is a story just waiting to be made into a movie. I would love to know where the chief wound up. And did they ever find out where the 8 to 10 checks unaccounted for checks a month were going?

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