Monday, August 24, 2009
Three lawyers from the Aboite township in Allen County, Indiana formed "Attorneys of Aboite, LLC" notwithstanding the fact that they had separate practices and were not a firm. The name was used in notices, documents, communications, telephone listings, ads, and an internet web site "without revealing that they did not practice as a firm."
The Indiana Supreme Court issued each a public reprimand for the use of an inherently misleading trade name. None of the three had prior discipline and the use of the trade name had ceased. The court accepted an agreement beween the lawyers and disciplinary counsel as to the facts and the appropriate sanction. (Mike Frisch)