The Las Vegas Sun reports that lawyers in Nevada who are accused of serious misconduct — including defrauding their clients — are rarely punished or even investigated. For example, in 2005 when there were 6,321 active licensed attorneys in the state, 1,362 complaints were filed with the State Bar of Nevada, the paper said. Only Arizona had a higher lawyer complaint rate.
The Nevada State Bar’s Client Security Fund, which reimburses clients who have been ripped off by their attorneys, found that 21 attorneys — mostly from Las Vegas — had stolen $1.2 million from clients in 2004- 2005 alone. Despite this, the lawyers — who sometimes admitted the thefts – never were criminally investigated or prosecuted.