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Wyoming Supreme Court Censures Colorado Lawyer

CHEYENNE - The Wyoming Supreme Court today issued a reciprocal Order of Public Censure for Colorado Springs lawyer, Philip M. Kleinsmith.

Kleinsmith is licensed to practice in a number of states in addition to Wyoming. In October of 2012, Respondent received a public reprimand in Utah, which followed a Final Judgment and Order of the Supreme Court of Arizona, dated March 20, 2012, reprimanding Respondent for conduct in violation of the Arizona Rules of Professional Conduct. Upon notification of such discipline, Wyoming Bar Counsel proposed that Kleinsmith stipulate to a reciprocal order of public censure for violation of Rules 1.1 (competence), 1.3 (diligence), 1.4 (communication), 1.5 (fees), 1.16 (terminating representation), 5.3 (responsibilities regarding nonlawyer assistants), 8.4(a) (violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct) and 8.4(d) (conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice) of the Wyoming Rules of Professional Conduct, to which Kleinsmith agreed.

The Board of Professional Responsibility approved the stipulated motion for a reciprocal order of public censure and recommended the same sanction to the Wyoming Supreme Court. The Supreme Court approved the BPR's recommendation for a public censure and ordered Kleinsmith to pay an administrative fee and costs to the Wyoming State Bar in the total amount of $550.00.