On Thursday, January 18, 2024, the Indiana Supreme Court converted attorney Thomas A. Dysert’s suspension from practicing law to an indefinite suspension. Dysert had previously been suspended on August 24, 2023, for failing to cooperate with a disciplinary investigation by the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission concerning a grievance filed against him.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Thomas A. Dysert,” with case no. 23S-DI-104.
The Commission had requested Dysert to provide a written response within ten days on April 26, 2023, to explain why he should not be suspended due to his non-cooperation, but he failed to do so. Dysert also did not respond to the Commission’s subsequent filing on July 7, 2023, asserting his continued lack of cooperation.
As a result, the Court initially suspended Dysert from practicing law until he fully cooperated with the investigation. However, in its order on January 18, 2024, the Court found that more than 90 days had passed since Dysert’s August suspension due to his noncooperation. Therefore, under Rule 23(10.1)(c)(4) of the Indiana Rules of Admission and Discipline, the Court converted his suspension to an indefinite suspension.
Dysert has the ability to petition the Court for reinstatement, but he must first cure all causes of his suspension and successfully go through the reinstatement process under Rule 23(18)(b), which requires showing by clear and convincing evidence that the petitioner has the requisite competence, integrity, and morality to resume law practice in Indiana.
The Disposition states:
“IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Respondent’s current suspension from the practice of law for failure to cooperate with the disciplinary process is converted to an indefinite suspension, effective immediately.”
According to avvo.com, Mr. Dysert is a criminal defense attorney in Washington, Indiana. He attended the University of Denver. He acquired his law license in Indiana in 2003.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.