On Thursday, November 30, the Indiana Supreme Court issued an order suspending Indianapolis attorney Quentin Cantrell from practicing law due to his non-cooperation with a disciplinary investigation.
The case is titled ‘In the Matter of Quentin G. Cantrell’ with case no. 23S-DI-257.
The case stems from a grievance against Attorney Cantrell in September 2022 regarding his failure to comply with a Commission investigation. On September 19, the Court ordered Attorney Cantrell to show cause within 10 days why he should not be suspended for noncooperation.
However, Cantrell did not respond to the order. On October 11, the Disciplinary Commission filed a “Request for Ruling and to Tax Costs,” asserting that Cantrell still had not cooperated.
The Court found Cantrell did not submit a response to the show cause order or the Commission’s request. As a result, the Court suspended Cantrell immediately from practicing law under Indiana Admission and Discipline Rule 23(10.1)(c)(3). The Indiana Admission and Discipline Rules can be found here.
The suspension will remain in effect until the Executive Director of the Disciplinary Commission certifies to the Court that Cantrell has fully cooperated with their investigation into Grievance No. 22-1014 or until further court order.
Attorney Cantrell was already under administrative suspension since March 2022 for failing to comply with continuing legal education, fee, and IOLTA account requirements. The Court ordered Cantrell to fulfill the duties of a suspended attorney under Rule 23(26) during this additional noncooperation suspension.
The Court also mandated Cantrell to reimburse the Disciplinary Commission $524.97 for the costs of prosecuting the case against him. All justices concurred with the November 30 order.
The Indiana Lawyer reports that Attorney Cantrell’s failure to cooperate likely stems from his April 2022 federal conviction for misdemeanor crimes related to the January 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol building. He received a 12-month probationary sentence on June 26.
With this new suspension, Attorney Cantrell remains barred from practicing law in Indiana. He will be suspended until he fully participates in the Commission’s investigation into his conduct.
In part, 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. Pursuant toAdmission and Discipline Rule 23(10.1)(c)(3), this suspension shall continue until the ExecutiveDirector of the Disciplinary Commission certifies to the Court that Respondent has cooperated fully with the investigation or until further order of this Court, provided there are no other suspensions then in effect.”
According to Avvo, Attorney Quentin Cantrell, is a trademark infringement attorney based in Indianapolis, Indiana. He attended the Indiana University School of Law, graduating in 2000. He acquired his license in Indiana the following year.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.