A standing committee of the State Bar of Texas filed a complaint in the District Court of Dallas County, Texas against former president Donald Trump’s attorney Sidney Powell, claiming that she engaged in misconduct by pursuing baseless lawsuits alleging fraud in the 2020 presidential election. The complaint, which was filed on March 1, was released to the public on Tuesday.
Following the 2020 general election, Powell brought election challenges in Arizona, Michigan, Georgia, and Wisconsin. The challenges brought in Georgia and Michigan were blocked. In January 2021, Dominion Voting Systems filed a defamation lawsuit against Powell. The lawsuit alleged that Powell engaged in defamation with the statements she made against Dominion in an attempt to throw out votes and hand the election to Trump.
The committee filed its complaint after receiving 10 separate complaints against Powell. In the Complaint, the standing committee claimed that Powell had “no reasonable basis” to believe that the lawsuits were not frivolous. This violated Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11, which prohibits lawyers from filing frivolous lawsuits. The complaint also alleged that Powell took positions that “unreasonably increased” the costs and “unreasonably delayed” the resolution of the cases.
According to the Complaint, these actions violated §§ 3.01, 3.02, 3.03(a)(1), 3.03(a)(5), and 8.04(a)(3) of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct. These sections deal with meritorious claims, minimizing litigation burdens, candor towards the court, and misconduct.
The committee asked the court to impose an “appropriate sanction,” including attorneys’ fees, court costs, expenses, and “such other and additional relief, general or specific, at law or in equity, to which it may show itself entitled.”
In addition to these legal actions for Powell’s election challenges, the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the US Capitol issued a subpoena to Sidney Powell in January 2022.