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.” We find that Respondent, Robert E. Lehman, engaged in attorney misconduct by committing the federal felony of willfully making a false tax return.
Conclusion (slip op. at 4): For Respondent’s professional misconduct, the Court disbars Respondent from the practice of law in this state effective immediately.
Key Analysis (slip op. at 3): Respondent pled guilty to a federal felony involving false swearing and misrepresentation, he acted out of a selfish motivation, and he has a substantial disciplinary history. In addition, he has neither challenged the hearing officer’s report nor argued any mitigating facts. Under these circumstances, the Court concludes disbarment is warranted.
Sullivan and Rucker, JJ., concur, except that they would impose a three-year suspension without automatic reinstatement.