One identify that has popped up so much amid reviews of agreements made by girls who claimed to have had affairs with the president is Keith Davidson. Mr. Davidson is a California legal professional who represented Stormy Daniels in negotiating her nondisclosure settlement with Donald Trump‘s lawyer Michael Cohen. He additionally represented Karen McDougal when she bought her story to the mum or dad firm of the Nationwide Enquirer, who subsequently sat on it.
The circumstances of each offers have been known as into query. McDougal mentioned in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that Davidson misled her and was actually working with Cohen to get her to maintain quiet, and Daniels’ present lawyer Michael Avenatti implied that there was extra to the $130,000 that the grownup movie star agreed to than folks realized.
Because it seems, these aren’t the one instances that Davidson has raised flags. Based on California State Bar data, his legislation license has been beforehand suspended … twice. Granted, the second time was merely for being late on bar membership charges, and he was reinstated 9 days later, however the first time was just a little extra severe.
In 2010, Davidson admitted to 4 situations of misconduct, having to do with three instances, the data say. In a single, he didn’t present up at a case administration convention or a listening to in a medical malpractice case.
In one other, he didn’t inform a potential shopper in one other medical malpractice case that his medical data have been being checked out by a nurse as an alternative of a health care provider, he didn’t hold him updated with developments within the case, and he in the end was not clear in letting the potential shopper know that he wasn’t taking his case. Davidson refunded $750 that the person paid for evaluating the medical data, however he had initially positioned the cash in a normal account as an alternative of a shopper belief account, which the foundations require.
The third case additionally handled a financial challenge, as data say Davidson issued a test towards inadequate funds in his shopper belief account.
The punishment for all of this? A two-year bar suspension, which was stayed, together with three years of probation and an precise suspension of 90 days. He additionally needed to notify opposing counsel in pending instances about this improvement, and take the MPRE, the multi-state ethics examination that individuals take together with bar exams as a way to be licensed to follow legislation. He later requested — and obtained — a time extension for taking the check.
Davidson’s license was reinstated in November 2010. The second suspension was from July 1-10, 2014, so he has been again in good standing for years, together with through the instances he negotiated Daniels’ and McDougal’s agreements.
[Images of Stormy Daniels via Ethan Miller/Getty Images; image of Karen McDougal via Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Playboy]