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Disciplinary Actions - 12/21/11

December 21, 2011
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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.

Suspension
Stanley Kahn of Marion County has been suspended from the practice of law for noncooperation with the Disciplinary Commission into an investigation of a grievance filed against him. The suspension began immediately with the issuance of the Dec. 8, 2011, order from the Indiana Supreme Court and continues until the commission’s executive secretary certifies Kahn has cooperated with the investigation, any investigation or disciplinary proceedings are disposed of or until further order of the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court ordered Kahn on July 24, 2011, to show cause why he shouldn’t be suspended for failure to cooperate with the commission’s investigation, but he didn’t respond and the commission on Oct. 18 filed a request for a ruling and to tax costs.

Conditional Reinstatement
Jeffrey A. Golding of Porter County has been granted conditional reinstatement to the practice of law in Indiana. The Indiana Supreme Court in October 1998 suspended Golding for not less than nine months without automatic reinstatement. After nearly a decade, Golding filed a petition for reinstatement Feb. 25, 2008. On Nov. 4, 2011, the Disciplinary Commission filed recommendations that Golding be reinstated in a probationary status requiring that he meet several conditions including that he desires in good faith to restore his privilege to practice law; that he’s complied fully with the previous order’s disciplinary terms; and he’s taken the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination within six months of requesting the reinstatement and passed with a scaled score of 80 or above. Golding is to meet regularly with another attorney for a year to consult about stress, and he’ll be monitored for a year by the Indiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program. The conditions apply only if Golding enters private practice within one year of his reinstatement and they will be in effect for one year after he enters private practice, the Dec. 8 order states.•

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  • Kahn caused a friend to lose MILLIONS in compensation
    My friend, before I knew him, engaged Stanley Kahn to represent him in an injury caused by faulty equipment on the job, which caused him to fall 45 feet, break almost every bone in his body, resulting in long stays in hospitals & a nursing home. Kahn did NOT file in a timely manner so my friend lost any chance of compensation for the carelessness of this company, & is STILL totally disabled. My friend is illiterate due to severe dyslexia & did not know his rights or how to handle the situation, resulting in THIS kind of behavior by an uncaring, unprofessional attorney, who unfortunately still seems to be practicing his own brand of "law".

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  1. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  2. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  3. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  4. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  5. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

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