WA Democrats File Bar Complaint Against Culp Campaign Lawyer

Complaint Seeks Immediate Investigation of Attorney Stephen Pidgeon’s “Desperate and Legally Unjustifiable Attempt to Undermine the Electoral Process”

For Immediate Release | January 15, 2021

SEATTLE — Yesterday, the Washington State Democratic Party filed a complaint with the Washington State Bar Association against attorney Stephen Pidgeon, lawyer of record for failed gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp. The complaint seeks an immediate investigation into Dr. Pidgeon’s multiple violations of his oath to defend the U.S. and Washington State Constitutions and impose appropriate disciplinary action. 

Specifically, Dr. Pidgeon has repeatedly advanced meritless allegations of unspecified election fraud in his representative capacity for the Culp for Governor campaign in the case of Culp for Governor vs. Wyman et al., (King County Superior Court Cause No. 20-2-17720-2 SEA). His use of the judicial system to advance these frivolous claims undermines both public confidence in the democratic process and has contributed to the spread of disinformation that has resulted in threats of violence against election officials — including Washington’s own Republican Secretary of State.

“We cannot come back from this assault on our democracy unless those involved in the degradation of our Constitution and democratic institutions understand that such reprehensible behavior will have severe consequences,” said Tina Podlodowski, Chair of the Washington State Democratic Party. “When any public official or officer of the court betrays their sacred oath to defend our Constitution, accountability for those actions must be swift. Washingtonians will not tolerate the use of our judicial system for shameless self-promotion at the expense of the rule of law.”

The bar complaint against Dr. Pidgeon has been filed with the Washington State Bar Association by Dmitri Iglitzin and Gabe Frumkin of Barnard, Iglitzin & Lavitt LLP. The complaint is also attached to this press release.