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Las Vegas Lawyer Agrees To Plea Deal Over Client Funds

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A high-profile attorney in Las Vegas has agreed to a plea deal this week saying he failed to safeguard client accounts, supervise employees and respond to State Bar of Nevada requests for bank records.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Tuesday that assistant bar counsel Daniel Young filed a seven-count complaint in August 2020 against Bret Whipple, accusing him of failing to competently and diligently represent clients, among other claims.

Defense attorney Michael Warhola said Whipple already repaid all the money stolen by one of his employees from client trust funds. The state Supreme Court will next decide whether to approve the plea agreement.