Known Felon Daniel T. Goodwin Puts Law Firm At Risk, as Partners Violate Professional Ethics Rules.
In 2009, Broomfield, Colorado attorney Daniel T. Goodwin of Donelson, Ciancio, & Goodwin, P.C. entered into a criminal conspiracy with his clients, Ron Murphy, Scott Murphy, and Ida Murphy owners of (now defunct) Dream Stone Marble & Granite in Frederick Colorado, to defraud former employee, Longmont, CO homeowner Craig D. Buckley out of wages due at the time of his termination of employment.
Buckley was forced to sue as Goodwin had fabricated a report to the Colorado Division of Labor stating that Buckley had not worked for the employer for a full year, and was therefore ineligible to receive accrued vacation pay on termination of employment. Buckley, however, was in possession of sequential, uninterrupted paycheck stubs indicating 26 months of employment. This was Goodwin’s first count of Class 4 Felony Attempt to Influence a Public Servant. Shortly thereafter, at the insistence of (then Weld County DA) Congressman Ken Buck, Goodwin destroyed Buckley’s time cards.
Daniel Goodwin was a former name partner in the Broomfield law firm of Donelson, Ciancio, & Goodwin, P.C., located at 8001 Arista Place.
Until he was caught in commission of crime.
Inside sources have divulged that name partners of Donelson, Ciancio, & Goodwin, P.C. made a strategic decision to remove Goodwin as a name partner, after it was revealed that he had committed Class 4 Felony Attempt to Influence a Public Servant.
Evidence obtained from the Colorado Dept. of Labor & Employment, and the Weld County District Court revealed that he had also sworn simultaneously before both that neither had jurisdiction over Buckley’s wage claim, because the matter was before the other: an offense which is both cause for disbarment, and incarceration. This was Goodwin’s second count of Class 4 Felony Attempt to Influence a Public Servant.
This fact was corroborated by Dream Stone Vice President Ronald Murphy in sworn testimony before the Weld County Court. 4.07.2011 partial transcript
Daniel Goodwin had also falsified an Affidavit of Attorneys’ Fees in which he, in conspiracy with Weld County District Court Chief Judge James F. Hartmann, forced Buckley to pay $1000.00 for the Defendants’ response to a Motion for which no fees were awarded. Some years later, James Hartmann would perjure himself regarding this matter in sworn testimony before the Boulder County District Court. Daniel Goodwin is also known to have destroyed evidence pertaining to Buckley’s wage claim.
On April 7, 2011 Dreamstone Marble & Granite Vice President Ronald Murphy, in sworn testimony before the Weld County Court, corroborated the commission of the criminal offense. Following a spate of well publicized web postings by former Dreamstone employee Craig Buckley, the name partners elected to remove Goodwin as a name partner: the firm would now be known as Donelson, Ciancio, & Grant, P.C. The partners were also spending untold thousands of dollars with an online reputation management company to push online search results pertaining to Goodwin’s criminal conduct out of Google rankings: a clear indication of the law partners’ culpability.
While several sources have suggested that District Court Chief Judge James Hartmann had been bribed, the actual evidence as to why Daniel Goodwin was allowed by the Weld County District Court to commit multiple felony offenses seems far more sinister. Realizing that Buckley was not going to allow Goodwin’s criminal conduct to destroy his life, the law partners once again restructured, this time under multiple different DBAs, to conceal their culpability for Daniel Goodwin’s criminal acts: Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C., a boutique litigation firm; Donelson & Stross, P.C., a business and transactional firm; and The Law Firm of Daniel T. Goodwin. The official press release stated that, “it is in the best interest of the firm’s clients, employees, and shareholders to restructure”. Notwithstanding, sources have described Buckley as, “highly motivated”‘ in his quest for Justice.
The Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct govern the code of ethics to which all attorneys practicing in this state must adhere. This includes Judges, District Attorneys, and the partners of this (these) evasion and concealment motivated law firm(s). Rule 8.3(a) clearly states as follows:
A lawyer who knows that another lawyer has committed a violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct that raises a substantial question as to that lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer in other respects, shall inform the appropriate professional authority.
The following knew, or should have known of Daniel T. Goodwin’s criminal activity:
Stephen W.Donelson,Gene A.Ciancio, Cynthia L. Ciancio, Blaine D Bowne, Loren M. Brown, Kyle C. Kreischer, Kathryn R.Laughlin, Shawn L. McIntire, Michelle R. Mieras, Jamie L. Rutten, John M. Vnughan, Gregory C. Walsh
All failed to take the appropriate action, and rightfully, should not be allowed to practice law.