Followers of the Defensive Line learned a few weeks ago that Connecticut Attorney Ira Mayo was given a lifetime ban from representing women after repeated instances of misconduct and deviant behavior wherein he targeted female domestic relations clients. (Prior Post: Legal Ethics: Connecticut Lawyer gets Lifetime Ban from Representing Women). This followed a prior event in which he was suspended for 15 months for making inappropriate advances to women referred to him by a group for abused women. Well, he apparently has not yet learned his lesson.
New charges have been filed against him for violating the lifetime ban. Apparently, he continued to represent female clients during his “wind down” period before his suspension took effect. This time he admitted to the violation but claimed he “misunderstood” the parameters for the wind down. He testified that he thought there was a grace period were he could continue to represent female clients. Now, ethics officials are seeking a five year suspension.
This case is an excellent example of why states like Ohio do not give grace periods and suspensions are instantaneous.
For the ABA Journal article on Mr. Mayo click here.