Thomas Michaelides Las Vegas, TCM Law Group, has a history of scamming clients. In fact he is being sued again for legal malpractice in Las Vegas and ignored complaint his paralegal, Matthew Katz was practicing law without a license. Thomas Michaelides and his associate, David Ortiz Las Vegas attorney, are also being sued for legal practice. I attached a screen shot of the court docket. Do not fall victim to his law practice, or the Island of Legal Misfits his law practice is known for.
Thomas Michaelides was suspended by the Nevada Supreme Court on multiple occasions. In one instance the Nevada Supreme Court did not believe the disicipline the Nevada State Bar imposed was sufficient. In re Michaelides, Supreme Court of Nevada, September 24, 2015, No. 67259 stated in part,
“The agreement provides for a six-months-and-one-day stayed suspension and a three-year period of probation with the following conditions: (1) Michaelides must obtain a mentor, at his own expense and approved by the State Bar, to monitor and review his law office practice, including trust account management and the calendaring of hearings, [*2] and implement any recommendations made by the mentor that are approved by the State Bar; (2) Michaelides must complete six CLE credits in law office management during the first year of his probation;1 (3) Michaelides must not receive any grievances for conduct that occurs during the probation period that results in the imposition of discipline; and (4) he must pay the actual costs of the disciplinary proceeding (excluding bar counsel and staff salaries) within 30 days of receipt of a billing from the State Bar, or on a payment plan approved by the State Bar. The disciplinary panel accepted the agreed-upon discipline but with two additional conditions of probation: (5) Michaelides must pay any damages incurred by his clients in the matters in which he represented them that were caused by his misconduct and agree to binding arbitration to resolve any dispute about the amount of any such damages and (6) he must continue to receive substance abuse treatment from Dr. Levy and/or any other substance abuse professional, as agreed to by the State Bar, and provide quarterly reports of his attendance to the State Bar as long as he is on probation. Bar counsel and Michaelides verbally agreed to [*3] these additional conditions of probation.
Based on our review of the record, we conclude that agreed upon discipline is insufficient in relation to Michaelides conduct. We therefore reject the conditional guilty plea agreement and remand this matter to the Southern Nevada Disciplinary Board for further proceedings.
1 These credits are in addition to the annual CLE credits required under the SCR.