A Hendersonville lawyer has had his license suspended in North Carolina for having an inappropriate relationship with a client.
Attorney Steven Allen is not currently permitted to practice law in the North Carolina, according to the State Bar’s website.
According to the related case file, Allen began representing a client in a child custody case in Buncombe County in 2018, and while the case was still ongoing, “engaged in an intimate relationship with the client,” who eventually moved in with Allen.
The case file also says the client spent the night at Allen’s apartment with her child and that Allen also employed her as a legal assistant and helped transport the child to daycare.
He also did not get written consent from the client regarding these conflicts of interest, and eventually had to withdraw from representing her in the case, according to the bar.
A panel found that Allen violated a number of Rules of Professional Conduct, and ordered Allen’s license suspended for one year, after which he can petition the bar for reinstatement.
Allen’s license is also suspended in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana, according to the bar websites for those states.
His LinkedIn profile says that he moved to Hendersonville in 2006 after practicing law in Mississippi, and that he’s been an attorney with Strauss and Associates in Asheville since 2011.