AZ Attorney General on Kelly/Warner Law Firm: “It appears the State Bar is taking appropriate enforcement action”


UCLA Law Professor Eugene Volokh published an article yesterday covering the Arizona State Bar’s disciplinary complaint against both Attorney Aaron Kelly and Attorney Daniel Warner, whom are accused of multiple counts of fraud on the court:

“There is no notary in Fulton County named Amanda Sparks…. The notarization by Amanda Sparks is a forgery…. Connie Hood and Jesse Wood are not real. Chonnie Hood and Jesse Wood were fabricated in order to obtain a stipulated order of permanent injunction removing criticism of Adam Lynd from the internet…. Howard Marks is not real…. Robert Smith is not real…. Damon Lentz is not real….”

In response to Eugene Volokh’s article on the complaint filed against the Kelly Warner Law Firm by the Arizona Bar, Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s office released this official statement today “It appears the State Bar is taking appropriate enforcement action.”   According to a legal expert, “if even one of the dozens of allegations the State Bar has made against Attorney Kelly and Attorney Warner is proved to be true, the likely outcome is permanent disbarment.”

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Bradley F. Perry, State Bar Counsel, filed the following complaint against Aaron Kelly and Daniel Warner on Friday:


According to the complaint, the Kelly Warner lawyers were in business with accused court fraudster Richart Ruddie, whom actively participated in the fraudulent scheme:

“Respondents engaged in the filing of fraudulent and/or friviolous lawsuits aimed at removing online criticism of the firm’s clients.”

“Rather than attempting to prove the online criticism is defamatory, Respondents fabricate, or allowed their clients to fabricate, an admission from the purported defendant that the online criticism is false.”

“The plaintiffs/clients then produce a fraudulent stipulation for the permanent injunction signed by the purported defendant.”

“The filing of fraudulent and/or frivolous lawsuits was or is a tactic intentionally used by Respondents to achieve a client’s desired outcome.”

Check back for updates on this developing story including updates from the office of Attorney General Mark Brnovich.