Thomas Lowe, Minnesota lawyer, knows had to add insult to injury.
Thomas Lowe, 58, has been suspended by the state of Minnesota for having an affair with a client he represented in her divorce and then billing her for sessions — that happened to coincide with times they were having sex.
The decision was filed Thursday. It will be a year and three months before Lowe has any chance for reinstatement. The attorney has been practicing since 1985 and allegedly knew the client for several years. She came to Lowe in August 2011 about divorcing her husband, at which time he decided to act as her lawyer.
Speaking over the phone a few days later, Lowe asked the woman about her sexual relationship with her husband. Despite Lowe’s own marriage, he inquired if she would be interested in having sex with him. The affair lasted until March. The billing forms show him charging legal services on dates that corresponded with sexual encounters. The times were coded as either meetings or drafting memos.
When Lowe wanted to break things off, allegedly showing concern for his marriage, he terminated their legal partnership.
The following day the woman was hospitalized after a suicide attempt and divulged her relationship with Lowe as she was recovering. Allegedly the woman has a history with abuse and mental health treatment.
The headline says “Cincinnati lawyer” but the story mentions Minnesota so I don’tknow if he’s dually licensed in Ohio and Minnesota or if there is a Cincinnati, MN or what. Having sex with a client is against most states’ professional responsibility rules (as opposed to ethics — a whole ‘nother post) — the billing this is doubly bad and might be fraud under criminal statutes. Lawyers always joke about being whores… looks like this one would be correctly labeled.