Cody Attorney Suspended
Written by Andrew-Rossi on August 28, 2017
A Cody attorney has been suspended from practicing law in Wyoming.
The order from the Wyoming Supreme Court was issued last week, suspending Cody lawyer Nick Beduhn from the practice of law for a period of two years. According to a release published on the Wyoming State Bar website, the order of suspension resulted from professional misconduct by Beduhn in a number of client matters.
The recommendation for the suspension order, which was filed July 13th in the Supreme Court, lists several violations of Beduhn’s duties – primarily failure to maintain communication with clients, failure to turn in crucial documentation to the court or to opposing attorneys, and several missed hearings and deadlines. Beduhn’s neglect in several cases led to the assessment of fines and other sanctions against clients, some of which were paid by Beduhn personally – and in two cases, his clients’ cases were dismissed because of Beduhn’s neglect.
At Beduhn’s hearing, he cited the loss of his law partner three years ago, a heavy public defender caseload, loss of staff, and his status as a single parent as mitigating factors. However, the Board made a recommendation to the Wyoming Supreme Court to suspend Beduhn for a period of two years and to order Beduhn to make payments to a former client, pay fees to the Wyoming State Bar, and to the court system.