Friday, October 25, 2013
The Iowa Supreme Court has imposed a public reprimand of an attorney who also is a veterinarian.
The 75-year-old attorney/vererinarian operated a hog confinement facility on property owned by an Iowa corporation. He and his corporation stopped paying the real estate taxes. A limited liabilty company purchased the property at a tax sale. The new owner filed a replevin action against the attorney that resulted in a monetary judgment.
The misconduct involved actions in response to the judgment. The attorney claimed that opposing counsel had engaged in deception and collusion with their client during the tax sale.
The court found that the attorney had taken frivolous positions in a motion for relief from the judgment, concluding that an attorney is subject to discipline for frivolous actions in a pro se capacity as well as on behalf of a client. (Mike Frisch)