Disciplinary Actions - 12/26/18

December 26, 2018

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.


Vanderburgh County attorney Jared Michel Thomas was publicly reprimanded per a Dec. 6 order for failing to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client whose house was destroyed by arson. Thomas and the other attorney communicated little and did little work on their case. Costs of the proceedings are assessed against Thomas.


Brown County attorney Andrew Szakaly, Jr. resigned from the practice of law Dec. 6 for representing a couple in business and real estate matters in Florida, where he wasn’t licensed. He had numerous trust account violations for commingling personal or business funds with clients’ funds and failed to keep records. Costs are assessed against Szakaly.•