On Wednesday, January 31, 2024, the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board Tri-County Hearing Panel #108 issued an order finding Warren-based attorney Kenneth M. Essad committed misconduct during a child custody case but elected to impose no disciplinary action.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Kenneth M. Essad,” with case number 20-76-GA.
The notice concerned Essad’s representation of a mother seeking modified parenting time and child support from the father in unspecified legal proceedings. Despite knowing the father had separate counsel, Essad directly emailed him on at least one occasion regarding the matter in violation of Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct rule 4.2(a).
Rule 4.2(a) prohibits lawyers from communicating about the subject of representation with a person the lawyer knows to be represented by another lawyer without that lawyer’s consent. After reviewing the facts of the case presented to it, the hearing panel determined Essad’s conduct constituted attorney misconduct.
However, the majority of panel members concluded the specific circumstances warranted issuing an order imposing no discipline upon Essad. The notice did not provide further details about what factors led the panel to give Essad no punishment for his acknowledged misconduct.
According to avvo.com, Mr. Kenneth M. Essad is a personal injury attorney in Detroit, Michigan. He attended Detroit College of Law and acquired his law license in Michigan in 1984.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.