Justices suspend mayor’s son following multiple alcohol arrests

A mayor’s son and lawyer who has been arrested five times for alcohol-related incidents has been suspended from the Indiana bar for at least one year.

The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission last year filed a formal complaint against Evan B. Broderick,  son of Anderson Democratic Mayor Thomas Broderick Jr., who also is an attorney and former Madison County prosecutor.

Broderick in 2018 pleaded guilty to charges of Class A misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person and Class B misdemeanor leaving the scene of an accident after he struck a utility pole following an afternoon of drinking.

“Respondent fled the scene in his damaged car and was found moments later by police in a restaurant parking lot. Respondent refused to take field sobriety or certified breath tests. A subsequent blood draw pursuant to warrant showed an alcohol concentration equivalent of .29%,” Chief Justice Loretta Rush wrote in the unanimous disciplinary order.

“… While disciplinary action involving that matter was pending, Respondent was arrested yet again and charged with counts of OWI and leaving the scene of an accident based on an incident that occurred on July 9, 2020. This is Respondent’s fifth alcohol-related arrest.”

The parties agreed that Broderick violated Indiana Professional Conduct Rules 8.4(b) and 8.4(d), and the Indiana Supreme Court accepted the proposed discipline of a one-year suspension without automatic reinstatement, beginning Oct. 22.

“Respondent shall not undertake any new legal matters between service of this order and the effective date of the suspension, and Respondent shall fulfill all the duties of a suspended attorney under Admission and Discipline Rule 23(26). At the conclusion of the minimum period of suspension, Respondent may petition this Court for reinstatement to the practice of law in this state, provided Respondent pays the costs of this proceeding, fulfills the duties of a suspended attorney, and satisfies the requirements for reinstatement of Admission and Discipline Rule 23(18),” Rush wrote in the order.

The costs of the proceeding are assessed against Broderick in In the Matter of: Evan Buck Broderick, 19S-DI-476.

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