On Friday, May 12, 2023, the Nebraska Supreme Court suspended attorney Bradley A. Sipp for negligence and inadequate client communication. The case is entitled “In the Matter of Bradley A. Sipp.”

The Nebraska Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Counsel filed charges against the respondent for breaching Professional Conduct Rules. The respondent acknowledges his violations including negligence, inadequate client communication, disregard for disciplinary authority, and misconduct. The referee recommended that the respondent be suspended from the practice of law in the State of Nebraska for nine months, followed by nine months’ monitored probation.

The filing states:

“The Counsel for Discipline filed amended formal charges against the respondent on January 10, 2022, arising from his representation of four separate clients between 2019 and 2021. The charges generally alleged neglect of client matters, failure to communicate with clients, failure to timely respond to the Counsel for Discipline, and failure to deposit “advance fees” paid to the respondent by clients into the respondent’s trust account.”

The filing continues:

“Ultimately, the respondent admitted to violating §§ 3-501.3, 3-501.4, 3-508.1, and 3-508.4(a). The respondent denied violating § 3-501.15(a) and (c). However, after a hearing, the referee found clear and convincing evidence that the respondent also violated the rules as to the deposit of unearned fees into a trust account and their withdrawal as earned. The respondent had argued that he earned the “initial [fee] deposits” upon receipt under the terms of the fee agreement and thus could not place them in his trust account without impermissibly commingling his funds with clients’ funds. The referee disagreed, finding that the initial deposits were for work yet to be performed and were not earned when given.”

Accordingly, upon due consideration and after a review of the record and a balancing of the respondent’s offenses with all mitigating factors, the court agreed with the referee’s recommendation and concludes that the respondent should be suspended from the practice of law in the State of Nebraska for nine months, followed by nine months’ monitored probation.

The Disposition states:

“The respondent is suspended from the practice of law in the State of Nebraska for a period of 9 months, effective immediately. Should the respondent apply for reinstatement, his reinstatement shall be conditioned upon his being on probation for a period of 9 months, including monitoring for 9 months following reinstatement, subject to the terms outlined above.”

Mr. Sipp practices in Lincoln, Nebraska. He is licensed in Nebraska. His info can be found on lawinfo.com.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.