Legal Ethics

Divided NJ Supreme Court Rejects Harsher Punishment, Censures Attorney re 'Terrible' Records

A longtime sole practitioner who admittedly kept “terrible” financial records has been censured by the New Jersey Supreme Court.

The court, which rejected calls by the Disciplinary Review Board for a four-month suspension and calls for disbarment by the state Office of Attorney Ethics, emphasized that attorney Kevin Wigenton had not harmed any third parties by using accounting methods found by the board to be “grossly deficient,” the Star-Ledger reports.

An appellate judge who is temporarily assigned to sit on the supreme court dissented, saying Wigenton should be suspended to preserve public confidence in the legal profession.

A routine audit in 2002 uncovered the issues with Wigenton’s handling of his operating and trust accounts. He was admitted to practice in 1992.

Wigenton is the husband of U.S. District Judge Susan Wigenton.

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