On September 29, 2023, the Indiana Supreme Court made a significant decision regarding attorney Darren K. Parr, imposing reciprocal discipline as a consequence of his prior suspension in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Darren K. Parr” with case number 23S-DI-194.
Parr, licensed to practice law in both Indiana and Pennsylvania, was found to have violated Pennsylvania’s rules of professional conduct. Consequently, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspended Parr for one year and one day on August 10, 2020.
The Commission alleged, and Parr did not dispute, that he failed to inform the Indiana Commission of his suspension in Pennsylvania, as mandated by Indiana Admission and Discipline Rule 23(20)(b). Despite the disciplinary action taken in Pennsylvania, Parr did not pursue reinstatement and remained under suspension in that jurisdiction.
On July 25, 2023, the Indiana Supreme Court issued an “Order to Show Cause,” initiating a legal process in which both parties presented their arguments. Following careful consideration, the Court found no reason under Admission and Discipline Rule 23(20)(e) to prevent the imposition of reciprocal discipline in Indiana.
Consequently, the Indiana Supreme Court, after due consideration, issued an order indefinitely suspending Darren K. Parr from practicing law in the state, effective immediately from the date of the order. Parr was instructed to fulfill the obligations of a suspended attorney as outlined in Admission and Discipline Rule 23(26).
However, there exists a possibility for Parr’s reinstatement under specific conditions. If he successfully reinstates his license to practice law in Pennsylvania, Parr can file a “Motion for Release from Reciprocal Suspension” as per Admission and Discipline Rule 23(20)(g). To do so, he must comply with all relevant regulations and ensure that no other suspension orders are in effect at that time. Moreover, he must have served a reciprocal suspension period equal to or greater than the duration of his suspension in Pennsylvania.
In addition to the suspension, the costs incurred during this disciplinary proceeding were imposed upon Darren K. Parr. This order was duly passed in Indianapolis, Indiana, on the specified date, marking the conclusion of this legal matter.
According to Avvo, Mr. Parr was a workers compensation attorney in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. He attended the Duquesne University School of Law, graduating in 1998. He acquired his law license in Indiana in 1999.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.