Friday, May 17, 2013
The Indiana Supreme Court has imposed a suspension of 30 days without automatic reinstatement in a case involving fee misconduct.
The attorney charged a flat fee of $12,000 for a criminal matter and was paid $6,000 up front. After a month, she was discharged. She had failed to keep records of the time devoted to the case and provided a reconstruction.
The hearing officer found that the attorney did little to earn a fee and that the reconstructed invoice was intended to deceive.
The hearing officer conclude that the attorney had only earned $1,000 and failed to return the unearned portion of the fee after discharge. (Mike Frisch)