Indiana Attorney Derrick D. Eley​​​​​​​ Fined $500: He Called Himself Esquire

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Oh ouch! Fined a whole $500 - what a joke. So attorney Eley just ignores the disciplinary board and they hit back... with a wet noodle.

Indiana Attorney Derrick D. Eley Fined $500: He Called Himself Esquire​​​​​​​

The Indiana Supreme Court ordered a $500 fine for  contempt of a suspension order

On January 7, 2010, the Court suspended Respondent from the practice of law for failing to cooperate with the disciplinary process. Respondent’s noncooperation suspension was converted to an indefinite suspension on August 27, 2010. Respondent has remained under suspension at all times thereafter.

The Commission filed a “Verified Petition for Rule to Show Cause” on March 16, 2018, asserting that Respondent practiced law in this state and held himself out as an attorney while suspended from the practice of law. Specifically, the Commission alleges that in December 2017 Respondent sent a settlement demand letter to an insurance company on behalf of an individual (“Claimant”). In that letter, which is attached to the Commission’s verified petition, Respondent identifies himself using the term “esquire,” indicates he is acting in a representative capacity, and advances a detailed legal argument on Claimant’s behalf.

The Court issued an order to show cause on March 20, 2018, directing Respondent to show cause in writing, within 15 days of service, why he should not be held in contempt for disobedience to this Court’s order suspending him from practice. It has been over 15 days since Respondent was served, and Respondent has not responded. We therefore find that Respondent has practiced law in violation of his suspension as asserted by the Commission...

All Justices concur, except David, J., who dissents and would impose more significant sanctions for Respondent’s contempt.

Source: Professional Legal Blog