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Attorney Rodney Atherton of Arvada, CO; scamming slacker

 

The state of Colorado provided Rodney C. Atherton with a law license in 1989 after he graduated from Washburn University Law School in Topeka, Kansas.

 

The Colorado State Bar found Rodney guilty of engaging in the following misconduct.

  • Failed to act with due diligence (slacker)
  • Failed to keep client informed of status of legal matter
  • Failed to respond to repeated calls from client
  • Failed to advise investors that his brother had stolen money from company
  • Rodney structured transactions whereby he created corporate entities to invest in other entities owning properties that could be donated for conservation easements
  • Rodney acted in multiple overlapping roles relating to the conservation easements
  • Rodney prepared legal documents to transfer properties, served on the board of
  • directors for the charity that received the donated easements, recommended appraisers for the easements, prepared legal documents concerning the sale of some tax credits that resulted from the easement donations
  • In some instances, Rodney recommended, without adequate disclosure, that a client hire his father’s company to prepare reports integral to the easement donation process
  • Because Rodney represented clients with conflicting interests and failed to disclose his personal and professional conflicts, many investors— some of whom were also Rodney’s clients—suffered injury by having their tax credits disallowed
  • Rodney structured a company managed by his brother but intentionally did not inform the company’s investors, one of whom was also a client, that his brother had previously been accused of mismanaging a loan
  • Failed to disclose to investors his suspicion that his brother had stolen money from the company
  • Engaged in a business transaction with a client or knowingly acquired a pecuniary interest adverse to said client
  • Engaged in conduct involving fraud, deceit, dishonesty, or misrepresentation
  • Engaged in egregious conflicts of interest
  • Represented a client when representation may be materially limited by the Rod’s responsibilities or interests
  • Failed to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter
  • Failed to promptly comply with reasonable requests for information
  • Failed to act with due diligence (slacker)
  • Represented a client where the representation was directly disadvantageous to another client

As a consequence of his misconduct, the apologists for Attorney Misfits sitting on the Colorado Supreme Court punished Rodney by gifting him with a complimentary 4-month suspension of his law license.

 

As we speak (ca. June 2022), Rodney practices with ERGO Law, LLC at 6870 West 52nd Street 

in Arvada, Colorado. 

 

 

 

 

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