On Monday, August 14, 2023, the Washington Supreme Court suspended attorney Stephen W. Pidgeon for knowingly bringing a frivolous proceeding and asserting frivolous claims during the 2020 gubernatorial election.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Stephen W. Pidgeon,” and was brought by the Washington State Bar Association with case no. 2021137-9

On December 30, 2022, the Office of the Disciplinary Counsel of the Washington State Bar Association filed a complaint against Pidgeon for misconduct under the Washington Supreme Court’s Rules of Professional Conduct. According to the complaint, in December 2020, Pidgeon, representing  Loren Culp for Governor campaign, initiated legal action against then-Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman and the State of Washington. The complaint accused violations of 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and sought a recount, audit, injunctions, and damages.

Amended complaints followed on December 24 and 30, dropping some claims and introducing new ones. Pidgeon alleged problems with voting systems, improper ballots, and Help America Vote Act (HAVA) breaches. However, these assertions often lacked factual or legal support and were considered frivolous. The complaints were also criticized for not aligning with Washington state laws on election challenges, voter registrations, and recounts. Overall, Pidgeon efforts to contest the election were found to lack legal foundation.

In an interview with the Seattle Times, Pidgeon shrugged off the penalty, saying he has not been working as an attorney since the Culp lawsuit, and now lives in Alaska, where he gives religious talks. He voluntarily resigned from the state bar last year, records show. Pidgeon refrained from submitting a response to the official complaint, leading to the hearing officer issuing a default order on March 1, 2023. Following a default hearing on April 17, 2023, the hearing officer proposed a decision suggesting a one-year suspension for Pidgeon.

Accordingly, the Washington Supreme Court issued an order suspending Pidgeon from the practice of law.

The Disposition states:

“IT IS ORDERED: Stephen W. Pidgeon is suspended from the practice of law for one year. Pursuant to ELC13.2, the effective date of suspension is seven days from the date of this order. Stephen W. Pidgeon shall comply with the conditions of probation specified in the Finding of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Hearing Officers Recommendation.”

According to his LinkedIn profile, Stephen W. Pidgeon is the Chief Executive Officer, President, and Publisher of Cepher Publishing Group, LLC, a company specializing in publishing a collection of historic scripture and a comprehensive restoration of sacred scripture in the English language. Additionally, he serves as a Senior Attorney at Stephen Pidgeon, Attorney at Law, P.S., a law firm primarily focused on immigration matters, criminal law, constitutional law, and ballot, initiative, and election law.  He practices in Everett, Washington. He is licensed in Washington, with license no. 25265.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.