grievance against one of their own, a colleague and also a member of
the same bar.
Attorneys William Knudson, Mark Coburn and David Otto, all members in
good standing of the Nevada Bar, have filed a collective complaint
against Attorney Scott Holper seeking to alert Bar Counsel about
numerous instances of Holper’s misconduct.
Nevada lawyers have an ethical and legal duty to report dishonest and
untrustworthy lawyers to the Nevada State Bar and that is what these
three attorneys are now doing; and Las Vegas Tribune has learned that
more attorneys are getting ready to add their names to the letter of
In the introduction of the Collective Request of Grievance, the
attorneys wrote, “Mr. Holper’s actions are not isolated to the
undersigned signatories’ personal interactions. Mr. Holper has a
well-earned reputation in the legal community for having violent mood
swings, acting erratically, and using drugs and alcohol while
representing clients in court. He has made comments to officers of the
court maligning Jews, homosexuals and African Americans.”
All three attorneys agree that Holper is “out of control” and Coburn
reminded the Bar that Holper has gotten to the point of making death
threats against him and all accused Scott Holper of several other
issues saying, “It is apparent to the undersigned and other legal
professionals that Mr. Holper has a severe drug and alcohol problem,
combined with a self-described bi-polar medical condition which the
undersigned fears to be a primary source of unpredictable, violent and
aggressive behavior, which has led to a recent rash of hostile,
intimidating and aggressive acts against the undersigned, including
destruction of property, namely the keying of cars and the slashing of
tires, and on at least one occasion he has made an overt threat of
physical violence, including a death threat against Mr. Mark Coburn.”
A few weeks ago, Attorney Mark Coburn of the Las Vegas Ticket
Attorney, defended himself in a lawsuit filed against him by Scott
Holper accused Coburn of several unethical attacks upon him, such as
posting and distributing confidential documents throughout the
Regional Justice Center, where both work as attorneys at law, and
making defamatory statements against him.
During that hearing in the courtroom of Justice Court Judge Conrad
Hafen, Coburn produced as evidence two invoices from a tire company
showing that he had to purchase new tires for his vehicle because
Holper allegedly slashed his tires on two different occasions.
Coburn also told Judge Hafen that Holper told him that he was going to
put a bullet in his head, and that on May 13 of this year he saw three
guys in front of his house, where his family lives, and one of the
guys asked him, in a threatening tone, if he was familiar with Scott
Days after Judge Hafen issued those Temporary Restraining Orders,
police officers were summoned to Marc Coburn’s law office at 732 South
6th Street, several blocks away from Holper’s office, for violation of
the restraining order that prohibits them from being 100 feet from
each other; Holper was standing in front of Coburn’s office with a
sign promoting his own ticket business. He was 101 feet from Coburn.
Court records show that Holper has been arrested several times in the
neighboring city of Henderson — a city 23 miles from Las Vegas — for
Domestic Battery, Coercion Force, Burglary and other charges, and was
then represented in court by former Deputy District Attorney Joshua L.
Later on, Las Vegas private investigator Robert Lawson was hired to
serve some legal paper to Scott Holper. After a small confrontation
during which Holper was avoiding being served, Lawson slapped Holper
in the cheek with an open hand.
Holper went to the floor and asked someone to call an ambulance. The
Las Vegas police responded to the call and issued a ticket to Lawson.
During an anonymous telephone call to Las Vegas Tribune’s answering
service, a woman who did not identify herself told the newspaper a
completely different story; but because the newspapers do not pay
attention to unknown calls, the message cannot be published.
After Scott Holper was bitch-slapped by well known Private
Investigator Robert Lawson a few weeks ago, he fired his attorney —
Joshua L. Tomsheck — and went on to retain the high profile office of
Pitaro and Fumo to represent him, knowing that Fumo and Lawson are not
on speaking terms after a real estate venture went sour and they
parted from each other.
Many in the legal community believe that Fumo may have dragged Pitaro
into this dilemma by accident.