Another suspension for Decatur lawyer jailed for forgery, counterfeiting

The Indiana Supreme Court has again suspended a Decatur attorney from the practice of law in Indiana following a finding of her guilt for committing two felonies.

Jill N. Holtzclaw was sentenced to nearly nine months on felony forgery and counterfeiting convictions and disciplined five separate times last year. After being advised and having considered all submitted materials, the Indiana Supreme Court concluded Holtzclaw was found guilty of the offenses.

It thus ordered her latest suspension from the practice of law Thursday. The disciplinary commission additionally noted that Holtzclaw is already under an indefinite suspension pursuant to a February order for her noncooperation with two grievances filed against her in September.

Holtzclaw was charged in February 2018 with forging a judge’s signature on a phony divorce order and sending a bogus email to the widow of a client claiming the forwarded emails were from a Huntington County deputy prosecutor. She pleaded guilty to forgery and counterfeiting charges in December, then in January received a 270-day sentence followed by a year of probation.

Holtzclaw was initially suspended from the practice of law in June 2018. She is ordered to fulfill her continued duties as a suspended attorney pursuant to Admission and Discipline Rule 23(26).

Holtzclaw’s interim suspension will continue until further order of the court, or until a final resolution of any resulting disciplinary action, as long as no other suspension is in effect.

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