INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Supreme Court ruled Monday that Portage attorney Janice Gambill engaged in professional misconduct and suspended her from practicing law for at least six months.
The state's high court, which regulates attorney behavior, said Gambill filed an incorrect lawsuit on behalf of a client and later lied about her error to the client. She also failed to respond to the client's requests for information and canceled multiple appointments with the client, the court said.
In their suspension order, the justices noted Gambill has a history of neglecting clients and was on professional probation following a prior suspension when the latest misconduct occurred.
The court ordered Gambill to serve a suspension of "not less than six months" for failing to provide competent representation, inform and abide by a client's decisions, act with diligence and promptness and for engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.
Her suspension does not include automatic reinstatement, meaning Gambill must show "clear and convincing evidence" of "remorse, rehabilitation and fitness to practice law" to be reinstated, the court said.
Gambill recently represented three former employees of the Lake County Sheriff's work-release center who sued former Lake County Sheriff Rogelio "Roy" Dominguez for wrongful termination.