Discipline

Justices disbar lawyer for theft of $150K from clients, ‘brazenness’

December 1, 2015
Dave Stafford
An Indianapolis lawyer has been disbarred for stealing about $150,000 from his clients, “disclosing client confidences for purposes of both retaliation and amusement, threatening and intimidating his office staff (and) lying pervasively to all comers,” according to the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Disciplinary Actions - 11/18/15

November 18, 2015
IL Staff
Read who's recently resigned from the Indiana bar.
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Disciplinary Actions - 11/4/15

November 4, 2015
IL Staff
Read who recently had his suspension terminated by the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Disciplinary Actions - 10/21/15

October 21, 2015
IL Staff
Read who's been suspended or found in contempt recently.
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Prosecutor testifies in disciplinary hearing over Camm book deal

October 20, 2015
 Associated Press
An attorney who led the prosecution against a former Indiana State trooper acquitted of killing his wife and two children says a requested ethics investigation was a tactic to get him off the case.
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Attorney reprimanded for ex parte communication

October 15, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
A Tippecanoe County attorney has received a private reprimand after the Indiana Supreme Court concluded she violated Professional Conduct Rule 3.5(b) when an emergency petition for a temporary guardian appointment was presented to the judge before notice was presented to the parents.
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Disciplinary Actions - 10/7/15

October 7, 2015
IL Staff
Read who's been suspended by the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Disciplinary Actions-9/23/15

September 23, 2015
IL Staff
Read who the Indiana Supreme Court has recently suspended.
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Disciplinary Actions-9/9/15

September 9, 2015
IL Staff
Read who the Indiana Supreme Court has recently suspended.
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Lawyer on trial, accused of coaching witnesses to lie

August 27, 2015
 Associated Press
The question of how far lawyers can go in providing clients the strongest possible defense underlies a rare trial coming to a close in Chicago, where federal prosecutors accuse an attorney of coaching defendants and witnesses to outright lie.
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Disciplinary Actions-8/26/15

August 26, 2015
IL Staff
Read who the Indiana Supreme Court has recently suspended.
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Blackford judges ban clerk from courthouse

August 24, 2015
Dave Stafford
Judges in Blackford County last week issued an order barring the elected clerk from her courthouse offices or even on the sidewalks surrounding the courthouse in Hartford City, claiming she behaved inappropriately and disobeyed and sabotaged court commands.
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Authorities arrest Pulaski County deputy coroner

August 21, 2015
 Associated Press
Authorities in Pulaski County have arrested and charged a chief deputy coroner on preliminary charges of theft and official misconduct.
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Disciplinary Actions-8/12/15

August 12, 2015
IL Staff
Read who the Indiana Supreme Court has recently suspended.
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Disciplinary Actions-7/29/15

July 29, 2015
IL Staff
Read who the Indiana Supreme Court has recently suspended.
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Supreme Court disbars suspended Fort Wayne lawyer

July 21, 2015
Dave Stafford
A Fort Wayne lawyer’s latest disciplinary matter resulted in his disbarment for taking $8,725 from clients he represented in a bankruptcy case.
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Lawyer who threatened rape fires back in discipline reply

July 15, 2015
Dave Stafford
A Fort Wayne lawyer who was charged after threatening to rape his opponent in a divorce case admits he was wrong to do that, but he says he shouldn’t be punished by the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission because the threat wasn’t literal and he was protecting his client.
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Disciplinary Actions: 7/1/15

July 1, 2015
IL Staff
Read who's been disbarred by the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Merrillville attorney disbarred for stealing funds

June 24, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
A northern Indiana attorney who stole trust account funds belonging to his former law partner and that partner’s clients, and embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from a receivership, has been disbarred by the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Justices disbar attorney who abandoned practice for Australia

June 24, 2015
Jennifer Nelson
A Kokomo attorney who took nearly $60,000 from clients but never completed their legal matters – and later abruptly abandoned his law practice to move to Australia – has been disbarred by the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Justices suspend lawyer who defrauded seniors of $19M

June 19, 2015
Dave Stafford
An Indianapolis lawyer who pleaded guilty more than six months ago to four felony counts of securities fraud from a Hamilton County real estate Ponzi scheme was suspended from the practice of law Thursday.
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Disciplinary Actions-6/17/15

June 17, 2015
IL Staff
Read who's been publicly reprimanded by the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Disciplinary Actions - 6/3/15

June 3, 2015
IL Staff
Find out who's recently been suspended by the Indiana Supreme Court.
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Disciplinary Actions - 5/20/15

May 20, 2015
IL Staff
Read who has recently resigned from the Indiana bar.
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Former Lake County clerk given 4-year suspension

May 19, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The former clerk of Lake County who used federal funds to pay himself bonuses has been suspended from the practice of law after the Indiana Supreme Court found he had betrayed the public’s trust and violated both his oath of office and of attorneys.
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  2. Mr. Levin says that the BMV engaged in misconduct--that the BMV (or, rather, someone in the BMV) knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged fees but did nothing to correct the situation. Such misconduct, whether engaged in by one individual or by a group, is called theft (defined as knowingly or intentionally exerting unauthorized control over the property of another person with the intent to deprive the other person of the property's value or use). Theft is a crime in Indiana (as it still is in most of the civilized world). One wonders, then, why there have been no criminal prosecutions of BMV officials for this theft? Government misconduct doesn't occur in a vacuum. An individual who works for or oversees a government agency is responsible for the misconduct. In this instance, somebody (or somebodies) with the BMV, at some time, knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged. What's more, this person (or these people), even after having the error of their ways pointed out to them, did nothing to fix the problem. Instead, the overcharges continued. Thus, the taxpayers of Indiana are also on the hook for the millions of dollars in attorneys fees (for both sides; the BMV didn't see fit to avail itself of the services of a lawyer employed by the state government) that had to be spent in order to finally convince the BMV that stealing money from Indiana motorists was a bad thing. Given that the BMV official(s) responsible for this crime continued their misconduct, covered it up, and never did anything until the agency reached an agreeable settlement, it seems the statute of limitations for prosecuting these folks has not yet run. I hope our Attorney General is paying attention to this fiasco and is seriously considering prosecution. Indiana, the state that works . . . for thieves.

  3. I'm glad that attorney Carl Hayes, who represented the BMV in this case, is able to say that his client "is pleased to have resolved the issue". Everyone makes mistakes, even bureaucratic behemoths like Indiana's BMV. So to some extent we need to be forgiving of such mistakes. But when those mistakes are going to cost Indiana taxpayers millions of dollars to rectify (because neither plaintiff's counsel nor Mr. Hayes gave freely of their services, and the BMV, being a state-funded agency, relies on taxpayer dollars to pay these attorneys their fees), the agency doesn't have a right to feel "pleased to have resolved the issue". One is left wondering why the BMV feels so pleased with this resolution? The magnitude of the agency's overcharges might suggest to some that, perhaps, these errors were more than mere oversight. Could this be why the agency is so "pleased" with this resolution? Will Indiana motorists ever be assured that the culture of incompetence (if not worse) that the BMV seems to have fostered is no longer the status quo? Or will even more "overcharges" and lawsuits result? It's fairly obvious who is really "pleased to have resolved the issue", and it's not Indiana's taxpayers who are on the hook for the legal fees generated in these cases.

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