Thursday, August 31, 2017
The Indiana Supreme Court has concluded that a suspended attorney practiced law
...the Commission alleges that in February 2017 Respondent filed in Lake Superior Court a “CCS Entry Form” and “Notice of Change of Address” on Client’s behalf, purportedly as Client’s “attorney-in-fact.” The Commission further alleges that Respondent appeared at a hearing on the same date on Client’s behalf, discussed the perceived strength of Client’s case with opposing counsel, and was instructed by the trial judge that she could not continue to represent Client due to her suspension, including filing any motions for continuance. Finally, the Commission alleges that notwithstanding this instruction, in March 2017 Respondent faxed to the court on behalf of Client (using a cover sheet bearing the name “Campanella Law L.L.C.”) a “Motion to Continue Hearing,” a proposed order, and a “CCS Entry Form,” and that same day called the court directly to request a continuance.
This Court issued an order to show cause on June 13, 2017, directing Respondent to show cause in writing, within 15 days of service, why she should not be held in contempt for disobedience to this Court’s order suspending her from practice. It has been over 15 days since Respondent was served, and Respondent has not responded. We therefore find that Respondent has practiced law in violation of her suspension as asserted by the Commission.
The sanctions this Court may impose for contempt include ordering a fine, disgorgement of ill-gotten gains, imprisonment, and extension of an attorney’s suspension or removal from practice.