On Friday, November 4, 2022, the Indiana Supreme Court ordered the suspension of Monticello attorney Clinton A. Hardesty for noncooperation with the Commission.

The case is styled as “In the Matter of Clinton A. Hardesty’ was brought by the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission under case no. 22S-DI-192.

The following are as alleged and summarized from the filing:

By an Order dated May 17, 2022, the Respondent was ordered to show cause why he should not be immediately suspended from the practice of law in the state of Indiana for his failure to cooperate with the Commission’s investigation of a grievance filed against him. The respondent has not submitted a response to the Court’s order to show cause. The Commission filed a Request for Ruling and Tax Costs asserting that Respondent still has not cooperated. Moreover, respondent is already under suspension for noncompliance with continuing legal education requirements.

The Indiana Supreme Court decided against the respondent as a result of these actions.

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 to Admission and Discipline Rule 23(10.1)(c)(3), this suspension shall continue until the Executive Director 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.”

Costs were assessed against Respondent in the amount of $529.72.

Prior to the suspension, Mr. Hardesty is a practicing lawyer serving Monticello, Indiana. He graduated from Valparaiso University School of Law in 2019. Hardesty has been licensed in Indiana. His online bio can be found on LinkedIn.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.