111 N.E.3d 1013 (Ind. 2018), 18S-DI-85, In re Thomas
|Docket Nº:||Supreme Court 18S-DI-85|
|Citation:||111 N.E.3d 1013|
|Opinion Judge:||Loretta H. Rush, Chief Justice of Indiana|
|Party Name:||In the MATTER OF: Jared Michel THOMAS, Respondent|
|Case Date:||December 06, 2018|
|Court:||Supreme Court of Indiana|
PUBLISHED ORDER APPROVING STATEMENT OF CIRCUMSTANCES AND CONDITIONAL AGREEMENT FOR DISCIPLINE
Loretta H. Rush, Chief Justice of Indiana
Pursuant to Indiana Admission and Discipline Rule 23(12.1)(b), the Indiana Supreme
Court Disciplinary Commission and Respondent have submitted for approval a "Statement of Circumstances and Conditional Agreement for Discipline" stipulating agreed facts and proposed discipline as summarized below.
In 2011 and 2012, a home owned by "Siblings" was the target of repeated acts of vandalism, culminating in an act of arson that destroyed the home. Siblings contacted Respondent and another attorney for representation concerning the homestead and the mortgagees failure to pay for repairs. Two meetings occurred between Siblings, the other attorney, and Respondent, the first in December 2012 and the second in February 2013. In the ensuing three-plus years, Respondent and the other attorney had little communication with Siblings and did virtually no work on their case. In August 2016, Respondent withdrew from the representation due to a rift between Siblings.
The parties agree that Respondent violated Indiana Professional Conduct Rule 1.3, which requires attorneys to act with reasonable diligence...
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