FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 4, 2019
Contact: Alberto Rodriguez
Mesa Attorney Suspended for Two Years After Fathering Client’s Child
PHOENIX – Apr. 4, 2019 – Attorney Kent M. Nicholas of Mesa has been suspended after admitting to fathering a child with his client. Nicholas was already on probation with the Bar’s Member Assistance Program after slapping his client in a separate matter.
The Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Arizona Supreme Court accepted a consent agreement between the State Bar of Arizona and Kent M. Nicholas and ordered he be suspended from the practice of law for two years.
Nicholas was representing his client in criminal matters involving identity theft, shoplifting, and probation revocation. During representation, Nicholas who is married, violated the attorney/client relationship after repeatedly engaging in a sexual relationship with his client. His client gave birth to a child in 2015, to which he assumed no responsibility. DNA evidence confirmed paternity three years later in 2017.
In a separate matter, Nicholas slapped his incarcerated client who was handcuffed to a table. After the criminal assault, the Bar placed him on probation with its Member Assistance Program.
Kent M. Nicholas’ two-year suspension will be effective 60 days from the date of the order issued on Mar. 13, 2019. He must also pay $2,480.55 for the costs and expenses incurred by the State Bar of Arizona during its investigation.
Consumers may report attorney misconduct by calling the State Bar of Arizona Attorney/Consumer Assistance Program (A/CAP) hotline at 602.340.7280.
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