Giuliani’s Law License Suspended While Jenna Ellis Moves Up

UPDATE: In response to this post, it was brought to our attention that Donald Trump’s attorney in partnership with Rudy Giuliani Jenna Ellis is in fact licensed to practice law in Colorado under a different name, Jenna Lynn Rives:

We’ve edited our post below, and in case anyone may be interested the Colorado Supreme Court’s Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel’s complaint page may be found here. Thanks as always to our loyal readers for helping us keep the record straight.

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Rudy Giuliani, Colorado’s Jenna Ellis.

CNBC reporting today on more bad news for America’s ex-Mayor Rudy Giuliani, whose perspiratory campaign to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential elections on behalf of his now ex-client Donald Trump has pretty much obliterated whatever was left of the man’s credibility–which after the release of the Borat sequel last December we’ll concede wasn’t much to lose:

A New York court on Thursday suspended Rudy Giuliani from practicing law in New York state due to making “false and misleading statements” about the election loss of former President Donald Trump, his client.

The suspension, which takes effect immediately, is a stunning blow to Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who previously served as a top Justice Department official, and as the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan…

Giuliani’s suspension, which came a day short of his 52nd anniversary as a licensed lawyer in New York, was sought by the Attorney Grievance Committee for the First Judicial Department, which encompasses Manhattan. The suspension was granted by the Appellate Division for that same department of state Supreme Court.

“We conclude that there is uncontroverted evidence that respondent communicated demonstrably false and misleading statements to courts, lawmakers and the public at large in his capacity as lawyer for former President Donald J. Trump and the Trump campaign in connection with Trump’s failed effort at reelection in 2020,” the court’s order said.

It’s been a mixed bag for Trump’s legal team since the complete failure of their strategy to overturn the results of the presidential election in key competitive states, which was revealed at length to not be a legal strategy at all but merely delay tactics to enable a political overturning of the election either by state legislatures or by the Congress when they convened to certify the results of the election on the fateful day of January 6th. Giuliani has faced a widening criminal investigation into his attempts to strong-arm Ukraine into helping smear Joe Biden ahead of the 2020 elections. Sidney Powell along with Giuliani faces a billion-dollar lawsuit from Denver-based Dominion Voting Systems over their promulgation of baseless conspiracy theories about the company that severely damaged their business.

As for Jenna Ellis, the Colorado-based (load-bearing quotes) “constitutional law attorney” who stood with Giuliani and repeated the same lies that just got Giuliani’s law license suspended? As The Hill reported this week, things are going…a little better for Ellis:

Newsmax has hired former President Trump’s campaign’s legal adviser Jenna Ellis and former Trump campaign spokesperson and deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley as contributors, the network announced Monday.

Ellis will comment on the 2022 and 2024 elections from a legal and faith-based standpoint, according to the announcement, while Gidley will be a political analyst.

Ironically, it’s the lack of qualifications uncovered by the New York Times last December in their damaging profile on Jenna Ellis that could help her escape accountability. Although Ellis was front-and-center with Giuliani in publicly spreading the fictional narrative of a stolen election that led to the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, her name reportedly does not actually appear on any of the filings for the dozens of worthless court cases filed around the country challenging the 2020 election results. Although we should all be able to agree that lying is always bad, from a professional misconduct point of view it’s worse to lie in writing than merely to lie on television, which Ellis is about to get plenty of practice at working for Newsmax.

In any moral sense, Jenna Ellis is every bit as guilty as Giuliani of lying about the results of the election. But in Jenna Ellis’ case, the same misconduct is being handsomely rewarded.

In the end, the only moral of the story may be that it sucks to be Rudy Giuliani.

17 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Sparky says:

    This feels like a hollow victory since the members of the Trump regime have already learned that after they're dismissed from polite society, they can just relocate to Florida and will be allowed to do whatever they want without repercussions.

  2. Meiner49er says:

    Can't get any lower than Florida. If you do, you sink! He's good company for DeSantis Trump as far as debasement goes.

  3. bullshit! says:

    Kinda shady that she hides her law license behind the name nobody knows her by. Very Better Call Saul.

    • spaceman2021 says:

      If her legal name has changed back to Ellis, then she's not complying with her license requirements, which require changes (address, firm, name) to be made with attorney registration within 30 days. But apparently "constitutional lawyers" don't have time for rules or regulations

       

  4. MattC says:

    How is this 'suspension' any different from being disbarred?

    • Voyageur says:

      A suspension is temporary, often for a fixed time, like three years.  Disbarment is permanent, though you can apply for reinstatement in ten years.  After serving a suspension, you can return to practicing law.  Even if reinstated after disbarment, you must pass the bar exam again to resume practice.  Many observers think Farting Rudy will also be disbarred.

    • spaceman2021 says:

      It's an interim suspension, which means the regulatory body sought immediate suspension pending further proceedings.  It differs from a suspension imposed at the end of disciplinary proceedings, which is for a definite term of months or years.  Immediate suspensions, such as this, are usually reserved for disciplinary cases where the regulatory body is concerned that the attorney may engage in additional misconduct while the disciplinary proceedings are pending.  So this is quite possibly just a prelude to his disbarment.

    • Genghis says:

      The suspension order, all 33 pages of it, is available here. As you can see, and as spaceman correctly pointed out, the suspension lasts "until such time as disciplinary matters pending before the Committee have been concluded, and until further order of this Court[.]"

      Suspensions of this sort are rare as hell. Hopefully this is a prelude to Roodles getting the stanky boot in the not-too-distant future. 

      On an unrelated note, Jenna Whateverthefuckherlastnameis's answer to the professional liability insurance question can most charitably be described as unsurprising.

  5. Diogenesdemar says:

    What a terrible thing to have lost one's mind. Or not to have a mind at all. How true that is.
    Dan Quayle

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