Alex Jones' lawyer just had his license suspended for releasing Sandy Hook records. His Proud Boy client's sedition trial opens next week.

Alex Jones' lawyer just had his license suspended for releasing Sandy Hook records. His Proud Boy client's sedition trial opens next week.
Judge Barbara Bellis addresses attorney Norm Pattis in Connecticut Superior Court on September 23, 2022.Christian Abraham/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, Pool
  • Norm Pattis, a lawyer in the Proud Boys sedition trial, had his license suspended for six months.
  • Pattis accidentally forwarded records related to Alex Jones' financials to opposing counsel.

Norm Pattis, the lawyer who represented Alex Jones during his defamation trial in Connecticut over the summer, had his license to practice law suspended by a judge for six months for accidentally releasing cellphone and medical records related to Sandy Hook.

Pattis remains on the legal team for Joseph Biggs, one of five Proud Boys now on trial in federal court in Washington, DC, over claims of seditious conspiracy, according to two sources with knowledge of his circumstances but who weren't allowed to be quoted by name.

But at least as of now, he will be able to serve only as Biggs' paralegal, meaning he'd be unable to directly address the judge, jurors, or witnesses during the trial, the sources said.

Pattis is expected to ask the trial judge on Monday to be allowed to take a larger role representing his client, one of the sources said. Jury selection in the high-profile case is expected to conclude Monday, with opening statements set for Tuesday.

In August, Pattis accidentally sent a digital file that contained Jones' cellphone contents and some medical records of Sandy Hook parents to the opposing counsel. The parents had successfully sued the far-right conspiracy theorist for defamation and were in the middle of a trial seeking damages.


"We cannot expect our system of justice or our attorneys to be perfect but we can expect fundamental fairness and decency," Judge Barbara Bellis, who sat on the Connecticut trial, wrote in her order suspending Pattis' license. "There was no fairness or decency in the treatment of the plaintiffs' most sensitive and personal information, and no excuse for the respondent's misconduct."

Pattis had argued the dissemination of information was an accident, but Bellis rejected his claim, noting that the attorney has been a member of the state bar for 30 years.

"Simply put, given his experience, there is no acceptable excuse for his misconduct," she wrote.

Biggs is being tried along with Henry "Enrique" Tarrio, the former national chairman of the Proud Boys, a far-right group.

As of Friday morning, Pattis' legal license was listed as "active" in Washington, DC, federal court.


The lawyer took to Twitter early Friday morning posting vague references to Thursday's suspension.

"Edited my profile this morning," he wrote. "Deleted lawyer."

Later, he posted more, responding to tweets from his followers asking whether it would affect the Washington trial.

"We will select the Proud Boys jury on Monday," he later wrote.

Correction: January 9, 2023 — An earlier version of this story named a defendant incorrectly. It is Joseph Biggs, not Jason Biggs.