A. Attorney representation at pre-disciplinary and post-disciplinary administrative hearings, including disciplinary appeals to merit boards, personnel boards, commissions, the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (AZPOST), or other administrative tribunals.
B. Salary Reimbursement Option. In lieu of receiving the above attorney representation, a Member may elect to be paid reimbursement for lost salary of up to 20 hours of the Member’s lost base pay salary or $500, whichever is less, under the following conditions:
A. Attorney representation for a Member who is charged or indicted with a criminal offense for acts or conduct that are Employment Related as defined in Section IV above.
B. Reimbursement of attorneys’ fees up to $5,000 if a Member is charged or indicted with a criminal offense for acts or conduct which the Member believes are Employment Related if each of the below conditions are met:
A. Attorney representation to defend against Employment Related civil actions to the extent that the Member’s employer does not provide legal representation to the Member.
B. If the Member’s employer provides legal representation, the Firm, at the request of the Member, will monitor and review the progress of the case to ensure the matter is handled in the best interest of the Member.
C. If a Member recovers damages other than costs or attorneys’ fees, the Firm and the ALC shall not seek reimbursement of costs from the Member.
A. Workers Compensation. Attorney representation in Workers’ Compensation matters as follows: No upfront costs for accepted contingency fee cases. For non-contingency fee cases, Members receive up to $2,000 of legal services and, if determined to be necessary by the Firm, up to $400 of additional costs.
B. Medical Retirement. Attorney consultations regarding state- or employer-provided pension and retirement matters. If a Member desires to retain the Firm to represent them in seeking to obtain pension benefits, including accidental disability pensions, the Firm may provide representation to the Member at discounted rates.
A. Inside the State of Arizona:
B. Outside the State of Arizona:
A. A will for Members and Spouses.
B. General durable powers of attorney for Members and Spouses.
C. Attorney representation in the probate of a Member’s estate for survivors of Members who are killed in the line of duty or in off-duty accidents caused by others.
D. Discounted comprehensive estate planning, including living trusts, wills, powers of attorney, and more, at 50% of the Firm’s standard rates. Members are encouraged to contact the Firm for details.
A. Attorney representation to defend against civil traffic violations.
B. Attorney representation for recovery of personal injury damages at a discounted contingency fee of 25%.
C. Ten (10) hours of attorney representation and assistance to defend against loss of a Member’s driver’s license or to seek property damage recovery.
A. If the Firm determines that a conflict of interest or other potentially disqualifying conflict exists or may arise, the Firm may refer a Member to other ALC-retained counsel at no additional charge to the Member.
B. Supervisors, regardless of rank, are entitled to legal defense of all disciplinary actions brought against them by their department or agency. Supervisors are entitled to all other legal benefits of ALC membership.
A. Pre-existing conditions, which are defined as acts which give rise to litigation or disciplinary proceedings which are alleged to have occurred or started prior to the Member’s enrollment in the ALC or during a lapse in dues payments, and about which the Member had reasonable notice that the acts might serve as the basis for litigation or disciplinary proceedings at the time they first became a Member or during a lapse in dues payments, even though litigation or an administrative proceeding was not initiated until after such date.
B. Matters, claims, or defenses otherwise covered by the Plan which the Firm and the ALC Executive Committee determine to be frivolous or unmeritorious, including decisions to appeal any judgment or decision by a court, judicial tribunal, or quasi-judicial tribunal.
C. Matters which the Firm is prohibited from handling under applicable Rules of Professional Conduct.
D. Matters which the ALC Executive Committee, in its discretion, directs the Firm not to pursue because the matter does not advance the principles and interests of the FOP, the ALC, or law enforcement.
E. Matters in which the Firm or, in hierarchical order, (1) the ALC, (2) the FOP, or (3) any FOP lodge, may be an adverse party, including any of these entities’ directors, officers, agents, or employees.
F. The Firm may elect to represent an entity described in Section E above in defense of actions brought forth by a subordinate entity if the Firm determines the defense has merit. The entities described in Section E above recognize a hierarchical priority for Firm representation, and consent to the Firm’s decision regarding the representation of any such entity against claims from a subordinate entity.
G. Administrative Remedies. The Firm will not interfere with a Local Lodge or representative bargaining unit’s right and responsibility to resolve any Member’s matter or controversy through lodge- or employer-provided administrative remedies. These matters may be referred for resolution to the Local Lodge. Such administrative remedies are necessary both to provide a strong legal foundation and to allow for potential resolutions at the lowest possible levels.
H. The Plan does not entitle Members to representation in any action, appeal, or other proceeding, whether civil, criminal, or administrative, that involves charges, claims, accusations, or allegations of wrongdoing by a Member against another Member, unless the matter is first reviewed and approved by the Firm, the ALC Executive Director, and the ALC Chairperson, in consultation with the Members’ Local Lodge.
I. The ALC Executive Director may terminate a Member’s membership in the Plan if the Member is determined to have been untruthful to the Firm or the ALC, or if the Member fails to timely cooperate or respond to subpoenas, deadlines, or reasonable advice or requests for information from the Firm, the ALC, or the Member’s Local Lodge.
J. Except as expressly otherwise provided herein, no benefits are provided by the Plan if similar benefits or legal representation are provided by another entity, such as legal insurance, a Member’s employer, their employer’s insurer, or another law enforcement group or association.
K. The Plan, including Section XIII above, shall not be construed in a manner that conflicts with any law or regulation that prohibits federal employees from joining or participating in a union, or who are represented in the workplace by a non-FOP organization duly elected by the members of a defined bargaining unit. The Plan does not provide criminal defense coverage to Members who are also members of the Federal Lodge, or who otherwise receive criminal defense coverage through the National FOP Legal Plan.
L. The Plan does not provide criminal defense coverage to Members who are charged with, accused of, or alleged to be using or possessing illegal drugs, or for DUIs or related offenses, unless the Member denies the charge, accusation, or allegation, and the underlying factual allegations are baseless.
A. Members must access the Plan’s benefits by following the procedures outlined in the Plan, including Section III above. For matters covered by the Plan, no benefits shall be provided to Members who hire or retain an attorney on their own, or who otherwise do not follow the procedures described in the Plan.
B. If a Member has concerns regarding representation by a Plan-assigned attorney, the Member should address those concerns with their assigned attorney. If the Member’s concerns are not resolved, the Member should address those concerns with the Firm, who may assign a different attorney. Reassigning attorneys is the Firm’s responsibility. The Firm will reassign attorneys in its discretion, in the Member’s best interest, and in consideration of efficient operational practices and adherence to applicable ethical responsibilities.
C. If the Firm denies or refuses Plan coverage to a Member, the Member may appeal the Firm’s decision in writing to the ALC Executive Director, and shall copy the Firm on their communication to the ALC Executive Director.
a. A description of the matter for which the Member seeks coverage under the Plan;
b. A description of the Member’s involvement in the matter;
c. The reason for denial of coverage under the Plan, if known; and
d. The reason why the Member believes the Plan should provide representation for the matter.