An embattled Las Vegas attorney and his companies donated $50,000 to Gov. Steve Sisolak’s 2018 campaign around the time the lawyer improperly took about $152,000 of a client’s money, campaign and State Bar of Nevada records show.
Between June 8 and Aug. 15, 2018, Brian C. Padgett, 47, his law office and three LLCs tied to him each gave Sisolak a maximum $10,000 contribution, corporation and campaign records show.
Padgett, who served as the chief executive officer of a troubled Nevada cannabis company, also has been charged with writing $400,000 in bad checks, according to court records.
The bar association recommended Padgett lose his law license for five years and be required to retake the bar exam to be reinstated. The state Supreme Court has yet to rule on the bar’s recommendations.
The investigation stemmed from a complaint filed by Bruce Familian, who hired Padgett to represent him in a dispute over Clark County using his property without permission. After Familian won, the county transferred about $152,000, including interest, to the court on Familian’s behalf, but on June 8, 2018, Padgett filed a motion to disburse the money without notifying Familian, bar association records show.
Four days later, the court agreed to release the money, which Padgett received in October, records show.
Between June 8 and June 10, 2018, BCP Holdings 1, LLC, BCP Holdings 2, LLC and BCP Holdings 3, LLC each gave Sisolak the maximum $10,000 contribution, campaign records show. The corporate records list Brian C. Padgett, Esq., as the registered agent and individual with authority to act on behalf of the company or list another LLC that has Padgett’s law office as the manager.
The records list Padgett’s Las Vegas law office address at 611 S. Sixth St. BCP Holdings 1 lists two other people as managers.