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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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