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Friday, September 19, 2008

Ind. Decisions - Supreme Court issues disciplinary ruling

In In the Matter of Kimberly O. Powell, a 5-page, Per Curiam opinion, the Court writes:

Respondent's misconduct includes failing to take action in cases; failing to keep clients informed about the status of their cases; failing to respond to clients' requests for information; accepting a settlement without the client's approval; giving clients erroneous legal advice; failing to appear at hearings; missing deadlines; failing to properly handle, use, account for, and/or refund money paid to her by clients; charging unreasonable fees; failing to reduce contingent fee agreements to writing; misrepresenting the extent of her professional experience to clients; and making false statements to the Commission during its investigations. The details of some of the counts of misconduct are summarized below. * * *

In light of Respondent's multiple acts of serious professional misconduct, we conclude that Respondent must be given the strongest sanction available. We therefore disbar Respondent Kimberly O. Powell effective immediately. The Clerk of this Court is ordered to strike her name from the roll of attorneys.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 19, 2008 03:50 PM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions