MUNCIE, Ind. – A Muncie attorney’s license to practice law has been suspended by the Indiana Supreme Court.
A recent order signed by Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush suspends attorney Byron Joseph Davis’ license for “no less than a year without automatic reinstatement with immediate effect.”
According to the engagement, Davis represented a client in a personal injury lawsuit that was also in bankruptcy. Muncie’s attorney had been directed to transfer the proceeds of the lawsuit to the liquidator
The court order said that the lawsuit was settled with a payment of $ 68,000, but Davis “failed to show the settlement proceeds to the trustee for several months, despite multiple pledges to do so.”
During a subsequent investigation by the Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission, Davis “deliberately tried to mislead the commission,” the document says.
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Davis was also “involved in behavior that involves dishonesty, fraud, deception or misrepresentation,” the order says.
The suspension had been recommended by both commission lawyers and Davis.
Rush noted that Muncie’s attorney’s license has already been suspended for “failure to comply with his legal training requirements.”
Davis was admitted to the Indiana bar in 2002.
Another veteran Muncie attorney, Bruce Munson, closed a commission investigation – which resulted from his handling of an inheritance case – by resigning from the legal profession earlier this year.
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Douglas Walker is a news reporter for The Star Press. Contact him at 765-213-5851 or [email protected].