An Indianapolis lawyer has received a public reprimand because she threatened to report an opposing lawyer to ethics authorities.The lawyer, Julia E. Dimick, wrote a letter implying she would file a grievance unless the opposing lawyer made a settlement offer, according to stipulated facts in the Indiana Supreme Court order PDF. The Legal Profession Blog notes the sanction.
Dimick made the implied threat while representing a woman in a potential claim against the lawyer over handling of settlement funds, the order says. Dimick’s letter had accused the other lawyer of a conflict of interest and other misconduct, and offered the lawyer a “window of opportunity” to resolve the case. Dimick wrote that if she did not hear from the lawyer within that time, she would file claims with the disciplinary commission and the state court.