A Durango lawyer who is charged with grand theft in Florida has been recommended for suspension from the Colorado bar, pending disciplinary proceedings.
The Colorado Supreme Court’s Attorney Regulation Counsel filed a petition Friday for immediate suspension of Mark Henderson Brady. The suspension is subject to a review hearing.
Brady, 50, has lived in Durango since earlier this year and is with American Homestead Title Co. He is fighting the suspension.
The 10-page petition, which includes 55 pages of exhibits, details an alleged incident in which Brady wrote checks on a business escrow account to pay his casino debts.
More specifically, in August 2008, Brady traveled to the Isle of Capri Casino on Grand Bahama Island in the Bahamas and signed five markers on an escrow account totaling $45,000. The escrowed funds were not personal funds that belonged to Brady.
He is charged with grand theft, misappropriating escrow account funds, uttering a forged check and forgery.
Brady said all escrow funds he is accused of misappropriating still are in the escrow accounts, and he won’t settle for anything less than a dismissal of the charges.
In an e-mail to the Herald, Brady said the action taken by the Colorado Supreme Court arises from a situation more than a year ago in Florida.
He denies any wrongdoing.
“Since practicing in Colorado, I have maintained trust accounts in strict accordance with my professional and ethical responsibilities as a Colorado practicing attorney,” Brady wrote. “I have been a practicing attorney since 1984, and have licenses in both Colorado and New Jersey and have an exemplary record.
“In my roughly 35 years of being a licensed attorney, I have never been grieved by a client, nor subject to disciplinary action,” he added. “This record clearly demonstrates there is no evidence of professional misconduct that I have always complied with my ethical obligations since my admission to the state bars in both New Jersey and Colorado.”
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