Phoenix attorney and client fatally shot after mediation
6:07 pm, January 31st, 2013
A Phoenix attorney and his firm’s longtime client were killed Wednesday by a man with whom they had been mediating a legal dispute, according to the attorney’s law firm website.
According to The Arizona Republic, the shooting took place immediately following the mediation and that one of the wounded was prominent Phoenix attorney Mark Hummels, a partner at Osborn Maledon and president of the Federal Bar Association’s Phoenix chapter.
A third person was shot in the hand as she stumbled upon the shooting while leaving the building where the mediation had taken place, the newspaper reported.
On Thursday, in a letter posted on its website, Osborn Maledon said that the firm had been informed that Hummels “will not survive from the shooting.” The firm identified the other shooting victim as “our long-time friend and client, Steven D. Singer, the CEO of Fusion Contact Centers.”
The firm said that Hummels and Singer were engaged in a settlement conference before they were shot and referred to Hummels as “the best kind of lawyer – a man who is highly capable in his practice and caring to his core about his community.”
According to the New York Times, Hummels and Singer were shot by Arthur Harmon, 70, who had sued Singer’s company and had been at the mediation. Harmon later killed himself, according to the Times.