8827 W Olympic Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
|16 June 2012||08-O-12104|
Discipline, probation; no actual susp.
June 16, 2012
NICHOLAS CHARLES ROWLEY, 35, of Beverly Hills was suspended for two years, stayed, placed on two years of probation and was ordered to take the MPRE. The order took effect June 16, 2012.Rowley stipulated to four counts of misconduct in two matters.He filed a medical malpractice complaint on behalf of a couple, but he left the matter in the hands of others in his office. The partners permitted the case to be dismissed, did not appear on behalf of the clients or serve responses to discovery and they appeared unprepared at a deposition. Rowley also failed to supervise the office manager in order to ensure that a declaration he prepared be filed under seal in order to protect his clients’ interests. He stipulated that he failed to perform legal services competently.In the second matter, Rowley did not supervise his office manager, who mishandled client funds in Rowley’s absence. Again, he stipulated that he failed to perform legal services competently. Rowley and his wife had lost their newborn baby and he spent most of his time with family in Iowa, leaving his California practice in the hands of his law partners and office manager.In mitigation, Rowley cooperated with the bar’s investigation, submitted evidence of his good character, suffered extreme personal difficulties and had no discipline record, although he was in practice for only five years at the time of the misconduct.