Thomas opens law firm as bar investigation continues
Published: November 5, 2010 at 4:38 pm
Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, who is under investigation on alleged ethics violations and two months removed from his defeat in the Attorney General Republican primary, has opened a law office.
According to Corporation Commission documents, Thomas filed for incorporation on Oct. 27 and listed his office at 11811 N. Tatum Blvd. Thomas also bought radio airtime to advertise Andrew Thomas Law Office.
A call to his Phoenix office went unreturned.
Thomas opened his office with a bar complaint hanging over his head.
John Gleason, a Colorado investigator leading the probe, said he is working “diligently” to complete a report that will be sent to a probable cause panelist, who will decide whether to go forward with disciplinary proceedings.
“We are getting close to a resolution,” Gleason said. He declined to elaborate on the probe or provide an approximate date the report would be completed.
The Arizona Supreme Court opened an investigation in March into eight complaints alleging Thomas and two of his former deputy county attorneys committed several ethics violations during a two-year power struggle with the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and Maricopa County Superior Court.
The Supreme Court chose Gleason, who works for the Colorado Supreme Court Attorney Regulation Commission, to conduct the investigation and former Arizona Supreme Court Justice Charles Jones to serve as the probable cause panelist.
If Thomas is found to have committed ethical violations, then he could be disbarred or suspended from practice.
Thomas resigned from the County Attorney position in April to run for attorney General.
Tom Horne defeated Thomas in a close primary race and he is currently ahead of Democrat Felicia Rotellini in the general election. Horne has declared victory, and was ahead by 64,000 votes as of Nov. 5 but Rotellini has yet to concede.
Thomas, who kept a low profile after the election, advertises a wide array of legal services from personal injury to family law to wills and estates. He doesn’t list criminal defense.