Friday, May 10, 2013
The Iowa Supreme Court has revoked the license of an attorney whose situation "mirrors the life of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde."
The attorney had been a police officer, youth sports coach and published novelist. He graduated with honors from law school and made partner at his firm in five years.
The problems started with an incident in Belize, where he went to celebrate his rise to partnership. He suffered injuries when according to his account he was "abducted, beaten, sexually abused, and ransomed."
He was convicted on drug charges brought against him in Belize but a bar investigation of the incident led to no ethics charges.
When he returned to the United States, he began to display the "Hyde-like" personality. He suffered post-traumatic stress disorder and began to use drugs to sef-medicate. His marriage fell apart and he lost his partnership.
He was convicted misdemeanor drug and felony forgery convictions that involved passing bad checks.
He also engaged in client-related misconduct involving misappropriation, neglect, excessive fees, fee-splitting and unauthorized practice.
The attorney had been placed on disability status in 2011. (MIke Frisch)