One of five suspensions lifted for Fort Wayne attorney

A Fort Wayne attorney’s suspension for noncooperation has been lifted, but Indiana Supreme Court justices say his remaining suspensions in several other cases will remain in effect.

Justices noted in a Monday order that attorney Cody R. Williams was suspended from the practice of law in the state of Indiana after failing to cooperate with the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission concerning a grievance filed against him. Last month, Williams was found to have failed to file responses to show-cause letters in two of five disciplinary case investigations against him. He also failed to respond to requests for ruling and to tax costs in all five of the complaints.

Justices on Monday concluded Williams had eventually cooperated with the investigation in In the Matter of: Cody R. Williams, 19S-DI-370  upon its filing of a “Certification of Compliance.” Pursuant to Admission and Discipline Rule 23(10.1)(c)(3), the suspension was terminated as of August 23.

“Respondent’s suspension ordered in other cases remains in effect, and Respondent shall not be shown as reinstated to the practice of law in this state until all causes for suspension are cured,” the order states.

The nature of Williams’ alleged misconduct was not disclosed in the order. His original suspension order was entered in four additional complaints under In the Matter of: Cody R. Williams, including 19S-DI-81, 19S-DI-141, 19S-DI-219 and 19S-DI-220. Williams, who was admitted to practice in 2011, was previously ordered to reimburse the commission $527.24 for the costs of prosecuting the proceeding in DI-81.

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