On January 12, 2024, The Indiana Supreme Court issued an order suspending attorney Joseph A. Kelley from practicing law for noncooperation with the Disciplinary Commission’s misconduct investigation.

The case is titled ‘In the Matter of Joseph A. Kelley’ with case no. 23S-DI-254.

The disciplinary action arose from Kelley’s failure to cooperate with the Commission’s investigation of a grievance filed against him. Despite the Court’s order to show cause, Kelley failed to respond. On November 13, 2023, the Commission filed a “Request for Ruling and to Tax Costs,” asserting that Kelley still had not cooperated, and no response was received.

Under Admission and Discipline Rule 23(10.1)(c)(3), the suspension will persist until the Executive Director of the Disciplinary Commission certifies to the Court that Kelley has fully cooperated with the investigation. This also holds true until further orders from the Court, provided there are no other suspensions in effect.

It’s noteworthy that Kelley was already under suspension for noncompliance with continuing legal education requirements. As part of the disciplinary measures, Kelley is directed to fulfill the continuing duties of a suspended attorney under Admission and Discipline Rule 23(26).

Additionally, in accordance with Admission and Discipline Rule 23(10.1)(d), Kelley is ordered to reimburse the Disciplinary Commission $516.87 for the costs incurred in prosecuting this proceeding.

The disposition reads:

“Being duly advised, the Court ORDERS that Respondent be suspended from the practice of law for noncooperation with the Commission, effective immediately.”

According to Avvo, Mr. Kelley is an attorney in Bloomington, Indiana. He obtained his law license in Indiana in 1980.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.