Kevin P. McGoff Discusses Recent Changes to Indiana Ethics Rules with Law360
Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP attorney Kevin P. McGoff recently discussed a proposal before Indiana’s Attorney Discipline Commission to impose a one-year deadline for misconduct investigations with Law360. McGoff leads the firm’s Professional Liability Team and is a frequent speaker on the subject of legal ethics.
According to the publication, the rule is designed to provide the attorneys under investigation with more certainty that the investigation will come to a timely and definitive conclusion. Under the proposed rule, courts would be able to grant extensions, but it is expected that the rule change will typically prevent investigations from dragging on for several years and increase the mental stress of the accused.
McGoff, whose practice focuses on professional liability matters, stated that he was unaware of any neighboring jurisdictions with such a deadline, but would support the deadline change. He also explained that the allowance for extensions addressed the needs of both sides of the matter for flexibility while allowing lawyers with a routine violation to resolve the matter quickly.
“I don’t know what all the [courts’] drivers are here, but from my perspective, this would bring some efficiency to the process and some certainty on both sides,” McGoff said. “For the respondent’s side, the real benefit is catching the [complaints] that don’t move along and seeing them resolved.”