In re Discipline of Dennie, 120618 NVSC, 77460

Docket Nº:77460
Opinion Judge:DOUGLAS, C.J.
Party Name:IN THE MATTER OF THE DISCIPLINE OF CHAD N. DENNIE, BAR NO. 8789.
Judge Panel:Cherry, Gibbons, Pickering, Parraguirre, Gibbson, Hardesty, Stiglich, Judges
Case Date:December 06, 2018
Court:Supreme Court of Nevada
 
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IN THE MATTER OF THE DISCIPLINE OF CHAD N. DENNIE, BAR NO. 8789.

No. 77460

Supreme Court of Nevada

December 6, 2018

UNPUBLISHED OPINION

ORDER IMPOSING TEMPORARY SUSPENSION AND RESTRICTING HANDLING OF CLIENT FUNDS

DOUGLAS, C.J.

This is a petition by the state bar for an order temporarily suspending attorney Chad Dennie from the practice of law, pending the resolution of formal disciplinary proceedings against him. The petition and supporting documentation demonstrate that Dennie appears to have misappropriated client funds in excess of $600, 000. Dennie has not responded to two inquiries from the State Bar regarding a grievance related to his handling of settlement funds entrusted to him on a client's behalf.

SCR lO2(4)(b) provides, in pertinent part: On the petition of bar counsel, supported by an affidavit alleging facts personally known to the affiant, which shows that an attorney appears to be posing a substantial threat of serious harm to the public, the supreme court may order, with notice as the court may prescribe, the attorney's immediate temporary suspension or may impose other conditions upon the attorney's practice.

In addition, SCR lO2(4)(c) provides that we may place restrictions on an attorney's handling of funds.

We conclude that the documentation before us demonstrates that Dennie poses a substantial threat of serious harm to the public based on a recent pattern of misappropriation of client funds, and that his immediate temporary suspension is warranted under SCR lO2(4)(b). We further conclude that Dennie's handling of funds should be restricted.

Accordingly, attorney Chad Dennie is temporarily suspended from the practice of law, pending the resolution of formal disciplinary proceedings against him.1 Under SCR lO2(4)(d), Dennie is precluded from accepting new cases immediately upon service of this order, but he may continue to represent existing clients for a period of 15 days from service of this order. In addition, pursuant to SCR lO2(4)(b) and (c), we impose the following conditions on Dennie's handling of funds entrusted to him:

1. All proceeds from Dennie's practice of law and all fees...

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