This is an opinion from the Indiana Supreme Court suspending a lawyer for failing to prosecute the client’s medical malpractice claim. The lawyer also failed to keep the client informed of the statute of the matter – specifically that the case had been dismissed.
The findings were as follows:
Violations: The parties agree that Respondent violated these Indiana Professional Conduct Rules prohibiting the following misconduct:
1.3: Failure to act with reasonable diligence and promptness.
1.4(a)(3): Failure to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter.
1.4(a)(4): Failure to comply promptly with a client’s reasonable requests for information.
Discipline: The parties propose the appropriate discipline is a suspension of 180 days without automatic reinstatement. The Court, having considered the submissions of the parties, now approves the agreed discipline.
B.A. University of Chicago, 1988, J.D. Harvard Law School, 1991, Clerk to the Honorable Michael S. Kanne, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1991-1992, Mayer Brown 1992-1996, Katten Muchin 1996-97, The Clinton Law Firm, 1997 -. I practice in the areas of commercial litigation, legal malpractice and legal ethics.
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