People v. Ziankovich.
No. 19PDJ068. Suspension.
The Presiding Disciplinary Judge suspended Youras Ziankovich (New York attorney registration number 5196324) from the practice of law in Colorado for 30 months, effective September 9, 2020.
Ziankovich transgressed many Rules of Professional Conduct while representing a husband and wife in immigration proceedings before the federal court in Colorado. He failed to notify his clients of his previous suspension from the practice of law, which took effect during the representation. He rescheduled a second interview with USCIS multiple times, and on at least one occasion without the consent or knowledge of his clients. He also failed to timely renew his client’s work authorization permit, letting it expire. Finally, Ziankovich failed to return unearned funds upon termination, and he charged unreasonable and nonrefundable fees.
Through this conduct, Ziankovich violated Colo. RPC 1.3 (a lawyer shall act with reasonable diligence and promptness when representing a client); Colo. RPC 1.4(a)(5) (a lawyer shall consult with the client about any relevant limitation on the lawyer’s conduct when the lawyer knows that the client expects assistance not permitted by the rules); Colo. RPC 1.4(b) (a lawyer shall explain a matter so as to permit the client to make informed decisions regarding the representation); Colo. RPC 1.5(a) (a lawyer shall not charge an unreasonable fee or an unreasonable amount for expenses); Colo. RPC 1.5(g) (a lawyer shall not charge nonrefundable fees or retainers); and Colo. RPC 3.4(c) (a lawyer shall not knowingly disobey an obligation under the rules of a tribunal).
The case file is public per CRCP 251.31.