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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Ind. Decisions - Supreme Court suspends Goshen attorney for 2 years, without automatic reinstatement

In In re Joseph C. Lehman, a 4-page, 5-0 disciplinary order, filed Feb. 19th, the counts take up the first 2 pages. From the order:

The hearing officer found the following facts in mitigation: (1) Respondent has no disciplinary history; and (2) he has represented many clients to a successful completion. The hearing officer found the following facts in aggravation: (1) Respondent has refused to acknowledge his misconduct; (2) Respondent has engaged in a pattern of misconduct over an extensive period of time; (3) he apparently does not feel it necessary to show up for court hearings; (4) the sheer volume of the repeated violations, apparent dishonesty, and lack of any effort to address or apologize for the problems indicate unfitness to practice; and (5) he has a contemptuous disregard for the most basic professional obligations. * * *

Discipline: For Respondent's professional misconduct, the Court suspends Respondent from the practice of law in this state for a period of not less than two years, without automatic reinstatement, beginning April 3, 2014.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 20, 2014 11:36 AM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions