An Indianapolis attorney who pled guilty to disorderly conduct arising from a domestic altercation at home has received a stayed suspension from the Indiana Supreme Court, causing a divide among the justices, two of whom favored an active suspension.
The Supreme Court’s order states that Katherine Flood of Flood Family Law LLC pleaded guilty to Class B misdemeanor disorderly conduct in May 2019, stemming from a domestic altercation at her residence. Flood also has two prior convictions for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, one of which predates her 2012 bar admission, the order says.
Both the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission and Flood agreed that she violated Indiana Professional Conduct Rule 8.4(b), which prohibits committing a criminal act that reflects adversely on Flood’s trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer.
“For Respondent’s professional misconduct, the Court suspends Respondent from the practice of law for a period of 90 days, beginning on the date of this order, all stayed subject to completion of at least two years of probation with JLAP monitoring,” Chief Justice Loretta Rush wrote for the high court.
A majority of the Supreme Court approved the agreed discipline. However, Rush and Justice Steven David stated their belief that a short period of active suspension is warranted for Flood.
The costs of the proceedings are assessed against her in the case of In the Matter of: Katherine E. Flood, 19S-DI-675.