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Shelbyville attorney suspended for failing to supervise secretary's actions that led to felony charges

A Shelbyville attorney has been suspended for 60 days for failing to supervise his secretary's actions.  That secretary, Heather Brant, entered guilty pleas to five felony charges in October 2019.

 

James Lisher, with Lisher Law Office, will begin his suspension on March 5.  As long as there are no other penalties in effect at that time he will be reinstated following the end of the 60 days in the Conditional Agreement for Discipline.

 

James Lisher Agreement for Discipline.pdf

 

Lisher's suspension involves Heather Brant.  According to the agreement Brant handled most office tasks, including client communication, banking, and electronic court filing. The agreement notes that Lisher failed to maintain appropriate trust account records. Over the course of several months in 2018, Brant stole several thousand dollars from the firm’s operating account, overdrafted the firm’s trust account, and fraudulently created several purported court orders and other legal documents. Brant’s improper actions were enabled in significant part by the Respondent’s failure to appropriately supervise her.

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