June 24, 2011
An attorney who admitted that he had "desperately hung on too long" to law practice has been suspended for one year by the Iowa Supreme Court.
The attorney was admitted in 1971. He went on inactive status in July 2009 in the wake of an order from a federal bankruptcy court that had required him to cease his bankruptcy practice and so advise his clients. According to the court here, he "repeatedly violated this order."
The court's opinion describes an accumulation of ethics violations over the last decade of his practice. The court also noted a number of health issues that the attorney had suffered.
The court did not impose the sanction of a 2-3 year suspension proposed by its Grievance Commission. (Mike Frisch)
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