On Monday, March 1, 2024, the Iowa Supreme Court suspended the law license of Jay Warner Mez due to disability or incapacity.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Jay Warner Mez,” with case no. 24-0363.

According to the court order, the Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board filed a petition to suspend Mez’s law license under Iowa Court Rule 34.17. This rule allows for the suspension of a lawyer’s license if they are unable to perform their professional duties due to a disability.

The board determined that Mez was unable to represent clients or carry out his legal responsibilities. The Supreme Court agreed and ordered Mez’s license immediately suspended pending further action.

The order waives the typical 20-day notice period, citing exigent circumstances in Mez’s case. It allows Mez to petition to dissolve the suspension if he can prove his disability has been removed and he is fit to practice law again.

The Client Security Commission must also consult with the local chief judge on whether to appoint a trustee to handle any open client matters. The trustee’s appointment would need court confirmation.

The Disposition states:

“Jay Warner Mez’s license to practice law in the State of Iowa is suspended pending further order of this court. Upon the showing of exigent circumstances in this case, the court waives the 20-day notice provisions of Iowa Court Rule 34.17(2).”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Mez is a criminal defense attorney in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He attended the Creighton University School of Law. He acquired his law license in Iowa in 2004.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.