Attorney disbarred for multiple violations

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Per Curiam.

This matter is before the Court on the report of the hearing officer appointed by this Court to hear evidence on the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission’s “Verified Complaint for Disciplinary Action.” Commission filed a verified complaint on March 17, 2008, which it amended on March 18, 2008. The amended complaint contains fifteen counts of misconduct involving specific clients from 2003 (the year she was admitted to the bar) through 2007. The sixteenth count alleges general incompetence.

Conclusion (slip op. at 5):  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.

Key Analysis (slip op. at 4-5): The Court finds that Respondent violated these Indiana Professional Conduct Rules prohibiting the following misconduct: 1.1; 1.2(a); 1.2(a); 1.3; 1.4(a); 1.4(b); 1.5(c); 1.7(b)(2); 1.15(a); 1.16(a)(3); 1.16(a)(3); 1.16(d); 8.1(a); 8.4(b); and 8.4(c). In addition, the Court finds that Respondent violated Indiana Admission and Discipline Rule 23(29)(a)(1) by failing to keep clients’ funds in a clearly identified trust account.

About Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

Bose McKinney & Evans LLP is a business law firm, headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, serving both publicly held and privately held businesses, governmental entities and high-growth industries. Our clients include Fortune 100 companies, international manufacturers, national and regional financial institutions, agribusinesses, sports teams, university-incubated start-ups, media, utilities, cities and schools, to name a few. We strive to build strong relationships with our clients as key business advisors, to exceed expectations in the quality of our work, to be knowledgeable about our clients’ businesses and sectors, to be responsive to service needs and to continually seek to improve the delivery of client services. Our ultimate focus is on our clients.
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