Disciplinary Actions – 10/19/16

Indiana Lawyer Disciplinary ActionsThe 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.

Dale L. Lavi
, of Monroe County, was suspended Sept. 23 from practice in Indiana as a result of his suspension in Maine in May. Lavi has not responded to the Indiana Supreme Court’s order to show cause on the disciplinary commission’s “notice of foreign discipline and petition for issuance of an order to show cause.”

John D. Pierce, of Parke County, was suspended Oct. 7 for noncooperation with the disciplinary commission’s investigation of a grievance. He has been ordered to reimburse the commission $527.14 for the costs of prosecuting the proceeding.

Joseph M. Robertson II, of Jackson County, was suspended, effective Nov. 14, following his guilty plea to operating while intoxicated as a Class A misdemeanor. Robertson drove drunk to the Shelby County Courthouse for a hearing and a breath test showed an alcohol concentration equivalent of 0.15. He was ordered jailed until the ACE returned to zero. The suspension consists of 90 days actively served with the remainder stayed subject to completion of at least two years of probation. The costs of the proceeding are assessed against him.

Felix O’Neill Rippy, of Marion County, has been suspended effective Oct. 7 due to his suspension, which was fully probated, in the state of Texas. Reinstatement in Indiana is subject to compliance with the terms of his probation in Texas.

Adam Mears, of Hamilton County, has resigned from the bar, effective Oct. 7. Mears pleaded guilty this year to a count of wire fraud after embezzling funds from a title insurance company he co-owned. The costs of the proceeding are assessed against him.•

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