Supreme Court ruled US Senate candidate suspended from the State Bar!


April 6, 2024

Ronda Kenndy, a US Senate Candidate, has been suspended from the California State Bar after eight years of practicing law (see details below).

Kennedy moved out of Las Vegas 15 years ago for California. She decided to return to Las Vegas and filed for the US Senate seat 30 days after her arrival. Would this constitute labeling her a “Carpetbagger” with several failed runs at California’s local politics?

Kennedy has not obtained a Nevada State Bar License, so she cannot practice law in Nevada.

California Attorney Ronda Nadine Baldwin-Kennedy Suspended Due to Lack of Diligence and Communication in Multiple Client Matters

Posted by ALABnews Staff Writer | Feb 29, 2024 | California, News, State Level

On Friday, January 5, 2024, the Supreme Court of California suspended attorney Ronda Nadine Baldwin-Kennedy from law practice for the first 90 days of a one-year probationary period. Baldwin-Kennedy’s suspension stems from multiple acts of misconduct in her representation of four different clients.

The case is entitled “Ronda Nadine Baldwin-Kennedy,’ with case no. S282557.

A stipulation signed by Baldwin-Kennedy and the Deputy Trial Counsel detailed how she failed to handle personal injury cases properly.

This included not obtaining informed consent regarding a potential conflict of interest, failing to pursue court approval of a settlement diligently, and not maintaining adequate funds in her client trust account.

The stipulation described how, in 2016, Baldwin-Kennedy represented the vehicle driver, Wanda Richardson-Payton, and one of the passengers in the car, Richardson-Payton’s disabled son E.S, without obtaining written consent about the potential conflict. She also failed to timely obtain court approval for a $5,376 settlement for Richardson-Payton’s disabled son and did not inform her clients when the court dismissed the case.

In the second matter, Baldwin-Kennedy settled a personal injury claim for $9,750 for client Adan Valdez Ramirez but did not pay the $2,500 Medicaid lien on his case until March 2021. During this time, her client’s trust account balance fell below the amount owed on multiple occasions due to accounting errors.

The final case involved Baldwin-Kennedy filing a complaint in 2020 on behalf of Sophia Lorraine Maxwell regarding a dog bite but failing to advise her client that she could not adequately serve the defendant or that a motion for alternative service was needed. She also did not inform Maxwell when the court issued an order to show cause regarding possible dismissal for lack of service.

In the stipulation, Baldwin-Kennedy admitted to three counts of misconduct related to the lack of consent regarding conflicts, failure to pursue cases diligently, lack of client communication, and trust account violations.

Aggravating the discipline is that the misconduct involved multiple clients and one vulnerable client. In mitigation, Baldwin-Kennedy had no prior record, entered into the stipulation, and provided character references.

In the suspension order, the California Supreme Court adopted the stipulated facts and disciplinary recommendation to suspend Baldwin-Kennedy for one year with the suspension stayed and one year of probation.

This outcome was consistent with prior attorney discipline cases involving similar multiple rule violations related to client funds and representation.

The suspension order imposes conditions to protect the public and maintain high ethics standards for California attorneys. Baldwin-Kennedy will not be able to practice law or represent clients during the first 90 days of her probation. Compliance with probation over the full term will allow her to avoid serving the entire one-year stay suspension. Avvo Baldwin-Kennedy is a business attorney in Agoura Hills, California. She acquired her law license in California in 2015.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.

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