The Nevada Supreme Court has disbarred Las Vegas attorney Manuel Montelongo, who must wait three years before applying for reinstatement.
According to the high court’s order, filed Wednesday, Montelongo submitted an affidavit consenting to disbarment and acknowledged that the State Bar of Nevada “is currently investigating seven pending grievance files and has filed three complaints that contain allegations that are grounds for discipline against him.”
In the affidavit, Montelongo wrote, “I submit the instant affidavit consenting to disbarment with full knowledge that if the State Bar of Nevada prosecuted the complaints and grievances, I could not successfully defend against the charges.”
His attorney, Gregory Knapp, declined to comment on the disbarment.
Deputy Bar Counsel David Clark said most of the allegations against Montelongo involved “either misappropriation or failure to properly account for monies held in trust.”
“I have no direct evidence he personally misappropriated funds, but there are certainly monies missing involving cases handled by his law firm, for which he is ultimately responsible,” Clark said.
Montelongo, 54, obtained his license to practice law in Nevada in September 2003. According to the State Bar of Nevada’s Web site, he received his law degree from the University of Nebraska.