Disciplinary Actions – March 16, 2011

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.

Stephen A. Pugliese of Hendricks County was suspended from the practice of law in Indiana for 30 days with automatic reinstatement in a Supreme Court order filed Feb. 21, 2011. The court determined that Pugliese violated Indiana Professional Conduct Rule 1.8(j) which prohibits engaging in a sexual relationship with a client unless it began prior to the representation. The suspension will begin March 31.•

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