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Attorney Preston Breunig of Indianapolis; ethical leprechaun

 
The state of Indiana provided Preston Tyree Breunig with a law license in 1967.
 
The Indiana Disciplinary Commission found Preston guilty of the following misconduct. 
  1. Engaged in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice
  2. Engaged in conduct that constituted a conflict of interest
  3. Acquired an interest in litigation contrary to client’s interest
In one matter, Preston represented a client in her divorce action at an agreed hourly rate of $150, with no provision for interest, attorney fees, or costs of collection.
 
Preston filed the divorce action in Indiana, the husband contested Indiana’s jurisdiction and litigation ensured for two years on that issue in Florida and Indiana. At the end of the two years, Martin presented his client with a $384,095.19 bill, consisting of $256,667.30 for 1,961.92 hours of work and $127,427.89 in expenses (which included fee/expenses for the Florida attorneys who worked the case).
 
The client’s husband paid $148,547.64 to Martin, leaving a balance of $235,547.55. Of the $148,547.64 paid by the client ex-husband on her behalf, $54,556.38 went to Martin and the balance went to the Florida attorneys. Subsequently, Martin met with his client and had her sign a promissory note for the outstanding balance of $235,547.55, which called for accrual of 8% interest on the outstanding balance. Martin also had the client sing an “assignment” that assigned to him any money she received in the future from any property division settlement. Martin never advised the client to seek the advice of another attorney and failed to provide her with the required written disclosure.
 
In another matter, Martin began a romantic and sexual relationship with a client during the course of his representation of her. Martin ended the sexual relationship two months after it began, although he continued to represent here thereafter. A novel form of screwing a client two times at the same time!
 
As a consequence of her misconduct, the cheerleaders for Attorney Misfits sitting on the Indiana Supreme Court punished Preston by gifting him with a complimentary reprimand.
 
As we speak (ca. November 2012) Preston practices at 302 North Alabama Street in Indianapolis, Indiana.
 
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