WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, America First Legal (AFL) filed a bar complaint with the State of California against Attorney Patrick Kevin Morris, alleging a violation of California’s Rules of Professional Conduct.
It appears that Kevin Morris has more than a professional attorney-client relationship with Hunter Biden; just last year, Mr. Morris was publicly photographed appearing to use marijuana, while Biden, a recovering drug addict, was visiting his home. The year before that, it was reported that Mr. Morris had “been funding the 52-year-old’s lifestyle in Los Angeles – including his rent and living expenses.” Mr. Morris had allegedly paid $2 million in back taxes owed by Biden.
However, if Mr. Morris has provided personal funds to an individual who has now been confirmed to be a client – or who would reasonably believe himself to be Mr. Morris’s client – Mr. Morris would have violated both the text of the Rules of Professional Conduct and the well-established norms of the legal profession.
Recent reporting by the Los Angeles Times reflects that Mr. Morris has served “foremost as [Biden’s] lawyer, but also [as] his friend, confidant, and bankroller. [Mr. Morris] has lent millions of dollars to Biden to cover his tax debts, housing and legal fees.”
If Hunter Biden or a similarly situated person would reasonably anticipate that Mr. Morris was obligated to provide legal services, the alleged funding of the lifestyle of a client or potential client justifies the immediate opening of a misconduct investigation under Rule 1.8.5.
It is critical that an investigation is opened into Kevin Morris to determine whether or not the California Rules of Professional Conduct were violated. Nobody is above the law, not even Hunter Biden’s lawyer.
Statement from America First Legal’s Dr. Dan Epstein:
“The success of the legal profession depends upon the sanctity of the attorney-client relationship. Lawyers serve as stewards of the client’s legal interests and Kevin Morris’s financial support of his apparent client, Hunter Biden, not only raises ethical issues but has implications for how the public perceives the rule of law as well. It is incumbent that the California Bar give this complaint serious consideration,” said Dan Epstein.
Read the complaint here.
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