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Last updated: Fri. Mar. 30, 2012 - 12:38 pm EDT

City lawyer suspended for lapses, misconduct

FORT WAYNE — A Fort Wayne attorney will be suspended for six months after the Indiana Supreme Court found he engaged in serious professional misconduct.

Anthony T. Adolf, who has offices at 239 W. Baker St., agreed to the 180-day suspension beginning May 4, according to an order from the Supreme Court.

A message left for Adolf at his offices was not returned Thursday.

The order 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 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.

The six-month suspension was agreed upon by Adolf and the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission. The penalty would likely have been more severe, according to the order, if the matter had been submitted without an agreement.

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