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4:35 PM Tue, Sept. 18th

Supreme Court suspends Prescott lawyer

The state Supreme Court suspended Prescott lawyer Gil Shaw for six months for, among other things, failing to communicate with his clients and failure to appear at a hearing that resulted in the dismissal of their case. The court also ordered Shaw to be placed on probation for a year once he is reinstated.

Shaw also must pay $10,000 restitution to those clients, William and Vicki Hillieker, according to court documents. He also will have to pay the Hilliekers $3,091 if the defendants in a lawsuit execute a judgment against them. The Hillickers sought to collect $21,149 owed to their trucking company but rejected an offer to settle. Shaw didn't communicate with them and didn't show up for a hearing, causing dismissal of their lawsuit, according to a summary by the Arizona Bar Association of the complaints against him.

Shaw didn't return their documents to them once he was no longer their lawyer and "charged an unreasonable fee," the bar disciplinary summary stated.

"I just don't think he was doing his job and I've got a judgment against Gil for $10,000," said William Hilliker of Skull Valley. "He didn't show up for his cases and stuff. He had problems. I tried to contact him numerous times and he wouldn't return our calls."

In another count of misconduct involving another client, the state bar disciplinary committee said Shaw didn't keep them informed about a lawsuit they'd filed against Yavapai County. A judge subsequently dismissed that suit.

In a third matter, clients hired Shaw to sue their neighbors for defamation and emotional distress. Again, Shaw failed to keep the clients in the loop and also revealed information about another client to them without permission, the bar report said.

The state Supreme Court also censured Shaw in 2008 for mishandling a divorce case.

Reached by phone Thursday, Shaw declined to comment.