On Thursday, August 24, 2023, the Indiana Supreme Court suspended attorney Thomas A. Dysert for his failure to cooperate with the Commission’s investigation.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Thomas A. Dysert,” case no. 23S-DI-104.

An order, issued on April 26, 2023, required Dysert to provide a written response within ten days, showing cause as to why he should not be immediately suspended from practicing law in the state. The suspension was sought due to Dysert’s non-cooperation in the investigation of grievance No. 23-1012 filed against him.

Unfortunately, Dysert did not submit a response to the Court’s order, and on July 7, 2023, the Commission filed a “Request for Ruling and to Tax Costs,” asserting that Dysert had still not cooperated. However, Dysert did not provide any response to this filing either.

Consequently, after due consideration, the Court issued an order suspending Dysert from the practice of law, effective immediately. The suspension will continue until the Executive Director of the Disciplinary Commission confirms to the Court that Dysert has fully cooperated with the investigation. Alternatively, the suspension may be lifted by further order of the Court, subject to the absence of any other active suspensions. During the suspension, Dysert is required to fulfill the obligations of a suspended attorney as outlined in Admission and Discipline Rule 23(26).

In addition to the suspension, pursuant to Admission and Discipline Rule 23(10.1)(d), the Court ordered Dysert to reimburse the Disciplinary Commission a sum of $524.78 to cover the costs associated with prosecuting the proceeding.

The order was issued and signed by Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush, with the unanimous concurrence of all Justices.

Mr. Dysert’s profile on Legal Directories shows that he had been working at Ripstra Law Office, located in Jasper. He was admitted to practice in Indiana in 2003, according to Martindale.com.

Editor’s Note: Steven Ripstra represents that “Thomas A. Dysert has not been in our office since August 2022. Was DPA in Daviess County when suspended.”

A copy of the original filing can be found here.