Attorney Thomas P. Lowe won't be dealing with any "hung" juries anytime soon. According to a Jan. 17 Gawker report, Minnesota's Supreme Court has barred Mr. Lowe from practicing law for 15 months after he billed a client for the time they spent having sex.
Instead of practicing fiduciary duty, the 58-year-old was practicing "fiduciary booty". Indeed, the client became a "beneficiary" of a different kind.
Thomas P. Lowe is a divorce lawyer with a private practice in Burnsville. He took on a middle-aged woman in Aug. 2011 as a client who was undergoing divorce. Their attorney-client arrangement soon evolved into sexual encounters with a different type of "power of attorney" being exercised.
Lowe billed the soon-to-be divorcee for legal services during their sexual encounters, and that's what got the married man in trouble. The time billed was categorized as meetings or drafting memos. But instead of filing motions for consideration, he was conducting motions of fornication.
Apparently, the female client accepted his "firm offer" but did not know she was being billed for the bedroom gymnastics.
The Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility got wind of the affair in the summer of 2012. According to Gawker, the woman attempted to commit suicide and was hospitalized after her relationship with the attorney was "permanently revoked" (Lowe ended the affair). She then "spilled the beans" on what happened.
In Clinton-esque and/or Obama-esque manner (both were also lawyers), Lowe initially denied the allegations for months before finally admitting to the time-stamped romp.
In 1997, he was placed on probation for purchasing cocaine from a client. Lowe can reapply for a law license in 2014.
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