On Tuesday, August 15, 2023, the Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Supreme Court of Arizona found attorney Kasey C. Nye in contempt of court for failure to notify clients, opposing counsel, or the courts of his suspension.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Kasey C. Nye,” with case no. PDJ 2023-9055.

The order of contempt stemmed from Mr. Nye’s failure to comply with Rule 72, Ariz. R. Sup. Ct., after his suspension.

At the scheduled hearing, Mr. Nye did not appear in person. Instead, he had sent an email to Kelly A. Goldstein, representing the State Bar of Arizona, citing financial difficulties as the reason for his absence. In the email, Mr. Nye had expressed concerns about facing eviction for the second time in four months.

The State Bar’s investigation had revealed that Mr. Nye still appeared as counsel of record in numerous cases in both Pima County Superior Court and the United States Bankruptcy Court, despite his suspension. There was no indication that he had notified clients, opposing counsel, or the courts of his suspension. Additionally, Mr. Nye had continued to be listed as an affiliated lawyer with the Waterfall Economidis, Caldwell, Hanshaw & Villamana, PC law firm on their website.

The Presiding Disciplinary Judge found Mr. Nye in contempt of court for willfully failing to comply with Rule 72, Ariz. R. Sup. Ct. However, he had the opportunity to purge the finding of contempt by taking specific actions by August 29, 2023. These actions included removing his name from the law firm’s website, sending notice of his suspension to clients, co-counsel, opposing counsel, and relevant courts, and filing the required affidavit with the Disciplinary Clerk and the Clerk of the Arizona Supreme Court.

The State Bar was not seeking monetary sanctions at that time, but further proceedings and sanctions could have been pursued if Mr. Nye had failed to comply with the purge conditions.

The Order of Contempt states:

“IT IS ORDERED finding Kasey C. Nye in contempt of court for failure to comply with Rule 72, Ariz. R. Sup. Ct.”

Mr. Nye attended the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law. According to his LinkedIn page, he stopped practicing law after more than 20 years and is currently looking to develop a new vocation.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.