Friday, April 6, 2012
The Indiana Supreme Court has, in separate orders, found two attorneys in contempt of court for continuing to practice law after suspension of their licenses.
In one matter, the court found that the suspended attorney had not only continued to practice but accepted a new client and retainer. The court concluded that he had "continued to practice unabated in multiple cases in heedless disregard" of the court's order.
He was fined $2,500 and ordered to disgorge a $500 fee. If he fails to pay, he goes to jail for thirty days.
The other matter involved a post-suspension letter sent from Indiana to a couple in Illinois that contained legal advice. The attorney also had been suspended in Illinois but claimed to be unaware of that fact.
The court found that the advice in the letter constituted the practice of law in Indiana and ordered a $250 fine. The conduct was an isolated instance that took place in 2008. (Mike Frisch)