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Disciplinary Actions - 5/7/14

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Indiana Lawyer Disciplinary Actions

The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission brings charges against attorneys who have violated the state’s rules for admission to the bar and Rules of Professional Conduct. The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications brings charges against judges, judicial officers, or judicial candidates for misconduct. Details of attorneys’ and judges’ actions for which they are being disciplined by the Supreme Court will be included unless they are not a matter of public record under the court’s rules.

Barred from Practice
Neil J. Greene, of Illinois, has been barred from practice in Indiana, per an April 16 order. Greene was hired by Franciscan Alliance Inc. to assist the hospitals with obtaining payments for medical care provided to patients who had been injured in accidents. The hospitals sent letters to patients using Greene’s letterhead and his firm’s signature block. This letter obscured the relationship between Franciscan and Greene as well as the purposes of his services, the order says. It created the impression that Greene was offering to advocate on behalf of the patient even though he was actually advocating on behalf of Franciscan.

Since the Disciplinary Commission’s investigation began, Green has ceased the use of the discharge letter and formed Hospital Reimbursement Services Inc. to provide services to Franciscan. Violations include engaging in the unauthorized practice of law in Indiana. HRS is not barred from providing medical billing services as long as Green does so in circumstances that are distinct from providing legal services to clients.

Public reprimand
Karl N. Truman, of Clark County, received a public reprimand for engaging in attorney misconduct by making an employment agreement that restricted the rights of a lawyer to practice after termination of the employment relationship. The Supreme Court issued the reprimand April 29.•
 

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  1. "associates are becoming more mercenary. The path to partnership has become longer and more difficult so they are chasing short-term gains like high compensation." GOOD FOR THEM! HELL THERE OUGHT TO BE A UNION!

  2. Let's be honest. A glut of lawyers out there, because law schools have overproduced them. Law schools dont care, and big law loves it. So the firms can afford to underpay them. Typical capitalist situation. Wages have grown slowly for entry level lawyers the past 25 years it seems. Just like the rest of our economy. Might as well become a welder. Oh and the big money is mostly reserved for those who can log huge hours and will cut corners to get things handled. More capitalist joy. So the answer coming from the experts is to "capitalize" more competition from nonlawyers, and robots. ie "expert systems." One even hears talk of "offshoring" some legal work. thus undercutting the workers even more. And they wonder why people have been pulling for Bernie and Trump. Hello fools, it's not just the "working class" it's the overly educated suffering too.

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  4. "pedigree"? I never knew that in order to become a successful or, for that matter, a talented attorney, one needs to have come from good stock. What should raise eyebrows even more than the starting associates' pay at this firm (and ones like it) is the belief systems they subscribe to re who is and isn't "fit" to practice law with them. Incredible the arrogance that exists throughout the practice of law in this country, especially at firms like this one.

  5. Finally, an official that realizes that reducing the risks involved in the indulgence in illicit drug use is a great way to INCREASE the problem. What's next for these idiot 'proponents' of needle exchange programs? Give drunk drivers booze? Give grossly obese people coupons for free junk food?

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