|CA||Not Eligible to Practice Law (Not Entitled)||2003||12/31/2016|
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.
This sanction means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.
|Lincoln Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
Posted by Tim
I hired Geoffrey almost three years ago to represent me as the Respondent in my divorce. Early on, he failed to provide me with requested copies of my file. Then, he failed to repsond to motions by the opposing party's attorney for over 4 months, resulting in documents being filed into the court record that I never saw, nor was informed of.
I finally had enough when Child Protective Services got involved in the case, and I wanted to file an ex-parte motion on child custody. We discussed the matter and agreed to file a motion on the following Thursday. The motion was not filed. I called the following day. No answer. I called the following monday. No answer. I called and emailed every other day for three weeks. No answer.
I finally staked-out his office and ambushed him. He told me HE decided it was not in my best interest to pursue the motion, and he had been too busy to call me and discuss it.
Following that debacle, I drafted a formal letter dismissing him from service and requesting an accounting of his fees against the retainer. I have yet to receive an accounting of his fees, nor a refund of any remaining retainer, despite numerous calls, e-mails and letters. It has now been over a year since I requested he send me those documents, and I have resigned myself to accepting that he will never comply. I have also requested he sign a substitution of attorney for the record, to which he has never responded.
In summary, the only service Mr. Sutliff provided to me was about 1 hour of phone consultation, the filing of my response to summons, and one court appearance. These services cost me my $3,000 dollar retainer (which is rather inexpensive for a retainer). In my opinion, if you are looking for a lawyer in this price bracket, I would strongly consider In Pro Per and saving the lost money and time of attempting to get work out of Mr. Sutliff.
Posted by anonymous
Hired Mr. Sutliff to represent me on a combination of BK and uncontested dissolution. My BK was completed appropriately within timeframe. However, my dissolution was filed 3/12 and that was the last thing Mr. Sutliff did. After numerous attempts, pleas and empty promises to complete my dissolution, I last heard from Mr. Sutliff at the end of May 2014. I am now filing a complaint with the bar.
Posted by anonymous
Geoffrey Sutliff filed for my amicable divorce case over 2 years ago. He botched the filing of the court documents. He was unresponsive to phone calls, texts, or email. He didn't follow through with correcting the court documents.
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