Tim Anderson Appointed Trustee in Graff Matter

by Marianne Sorensen

As a result of the interim suspension of attorney Matthew T. Graff, the Fifth District Court for Iron County has ordered that a trusteeship be imposed over the law practice of Matthew T. Graff & Associates. At the request of the Utah State Bar’s Office of Professional Conduct, the court has appointed Tim Anderson to act as the trustee on behalf of clients of Mr. Graff’s Cedar City and St. George offices, with the responsibility of taking possession of all client files, notifying Mr. Graff’s clients of the situation, and returning their files to them.  Returning funds that belong to Mr. Graff’s clients is also a part of the duties of the trustee.

As part of this process, we here in the St. George office of Jones Waldo are inventorying all files.  Any matters in which Jones Waldo has a conflict of interest are being directed to Lowry Snow of Snow, Jensen & Reese, who has been designated by Tim Anderson to act as the “conflicts trustee” for such matters. In addition, Josh Little of the Durham Jones & Pinegar law firm has been appointed to be an back-up conflicts trustee in the event there is a conflict with both the Jones Waldo and Snow Jensen firms). We are preparing to notify the Graff firm’s clients by mail when their files will be available for them to pick up in person. In order to obtain their files, we will require them to provide picture I.D. and sign a release or affidavit, after which they will be able to take their cases to an attorney of their choice.  Due to our involvement in the trusteeship, Jones Waldo will not be taking on any cases that we review and deliver to Graff clients.

Our goal is to process the huge number of files in a short time period so that deadlines are not missed and statutes of limitations problems are averted. Former clients of Mr. Graff who know that they have upcoming court hearings or other deadlines may contact Sheila Berger at 435 986-2101 to alert us to their situation, and we will maintain a  list of files that are particularly urgent and try to expedite the process of getting them to their owners.

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