June 8, 2012
Sex With Client Draws Suspension
A suspension for six months without automatic reinstatement is the sanction imposed by the Indiana Supreme Court for misconduct in two matters.
One complaint involved the attorney's refusal to return an unearned fee and failure to respond to the ensuing bar complaint.
The other complaint involved his sexual relationship with a client who was separated from her husband and sought a protective order. The relationship started after the representation had commenced. The attorney "terminated both his sexual and attorney-client relationship with the client" and failed to respond to the bar grievance of the client's former husband.
The attorney has contacted the bar's lawyer assistance program and indicated that he would accept monitoring. He had a history of non-cooperation with the disciplinary process. (Mike Frisch)
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