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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Ind. Decisions - Supreme Court issues a 2nd disbarrment today, this time a Merrillville attorney

In In the Matter of: Robert Stochel, a 7-page disciplinary opinion, where, as in the earlier opinion today, there was "no appearance for the respondent," the Court writes, per curiam:

We find that Respondent, Robert Stochel, committed attorney misconduct by stealing trust account funds belonging to a former law partner and that partner’s clients, embezzling funds from a receivership and actively concealing that theft for nearly a decade, and refusing to cooperate with the Commission’s investigations into his actions. For this misconduct, we conclude that Respondent should be disbarred. * * *

Respondent stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from the receivership and tens of thousands of dollars from his former law partner and that partner’s clients. In the receivership case, Respondent covered up his theft for nearly a decade, lied to all comers, deceived the court and later defied its orders, and actively obstructed the disciplinary process. Respondent throughout has expressed absolutely no remorse or intent to make restitution. In addition, he has neither challenged the hearing officer’s report nor argued any mitigating facts. Under these circumstances, the Court unhesitatingly concludes that disbarment is warranted.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 24, 2015 01:29 PM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions