On Tuesday, February 20, 2024, Colorado Politics reported that the Colorado Supreme Court took the unprecedented action of barring a disbarred lawyer from filing any new cases without representation from a licensed attorney.

The lawyer in question, Nina H. Kazazian, had her law license revoked in March 2023 due to a long history of frivolous lawsuits and “meritless” claims that were found to be harassing against her opponents. Since losing her license, Kazazian has continued attempting to file new cases on her behalf. According to the Supreme Court opinion, at least 14 past rulings found Kazazian’s arguments to be without legal merit but she persisted in bringing additional suits.

In its decision, the Supreme Court acknowledged the constitutional right of public access to the courts but determined that Kazazian’s abuse of the legal system threatened the fair administration of justice. They cited an example where Kazazian formed a corporation using the same name as an entity she owed money to in order to improperly collect payment. The justices concluded her actions amounted to fraud and harassment of opposing parties.

Kazazian’s problematic litigation conduct was also documented in opinions from multiple lower court judges over the past decade. One judge called her deposition behavior “textbook definition of … abusive” while another condemned her “stubbornly litigious and legally unjustified behavior.” Former Denver District Court Judge Ross B.H. Buchanan criticized what he viewed as Kazazian’s “bad faith” attempt to enforce a settlement she did not agree to.

The Supreme Court noted she had initiated around 10 lawsuits and 20 appeals. They found that many of these legal actions were duplicative, without merit, or frivolous. In light of losing her law license, the justices were particularly concerned that Kazazian would continue to strain judicial resources and harass other individuals through additional improper filings without the court’s intervention.

The Atrium Condominium Association, which has been involved in over 16 of Kazazian’s cases, supported the Supreme Court’s prohibition on Kazazian’s filings. In their filing, they asserted Kazazian deliberately used litigation to “attack, punish and harm” those she came into conflict with. Two attorneys who had originally petitioned the high court also alleged that by the time new judges understood Kazazian’s tactics, the damage would already be done.

However, Kazazian maintained in her response that she was the real victim and had been seeking for a decade to end disputes with her opponents. Going forward, the order means that any filings submitted directly by Kazazian will be automatically denied without review unless a licensed lawyer signs and takes responsibility for the submission.

 

 

Source: Colorado Politics