FORT WAYNE – Suspended last year for six months because of professional misconduct, local attorney Anthony Adolf is suspended again.
This time, the Indiana Supreme Court suspended him for failing to cooperate with the state’s Disciplinary Commission.
His suspension will remain in effect until he has cooperated to the satisfaction of commission officials, the investigation is concluded and until the Supreme Court decides he can return to the practice of law.
According to the Indiana Clerk of the Courts website, the disciplinary commission sent him a certified letter in February after a complaint was filed against him. In March, the letter was sent back to the commission as “unclaimed.”
The same thing happened in April.
In May, Adolf sent a one-line response to the complaint: “The undersigned denies all of the material allegations contained in the complaint.”
And that has not been enough for the commission, according to the suspension order.
It’s unclear, according to public records, what the original complaint is against Adolf filed this year.
In 2012, Adolf served a six-month suspension.
The order for that suspension outlines four counts against Adolf, including one count that includes multiple acts of deception.
The first two counts are related to a case of misconduct that involved another Fort Wayne attorney, Roger Hultquist, who was publicly reprimanded for his role in those cases.
In the first count, Adolf failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness when an employee in his office failed to file paperwork in a 2006 bankruptcy case.
The second count, relating to another bankruptcy case, said documents created by Adolf’s software contained false representations.
In the third count, Adolf is accused of lying multiple times – to the court and to other people – and concealing evidence.
He is accused of conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation and conduct that was prejudicial to the administration of justice.
The fourth count in the 2012 case accuses Adolf of representing a client when doing so was directly harmful to another client. Adolf was representing a couple in a bankruptcy case and then, when the couple divorced, represented the husband while continuing to represent them both at the bankruptcy. He then created a provisional order statement to get the wife to sign without the consent of the wife’s attorney.
A message left at Adolf’s Fort Wayne office Thursday afternoon went unreturned.