Lowe Blow: Minnesota Lawyer Suspended After Having Affair With Client And Then Billing Her For Time Spent In Sexual Encounters

230px-Honoré_Daumier_018Minnesota attorney Thomas P. Lowe, 58, has been suspended indefinitely after he was found not only to have had an affair with a client in a divorce case but then charged her for time they spent having sex.

Lowe has practiced since 1985 and knew the woman for many years before her divorce. After he started to represent her, Lowe reportedly asked her about her sex life with her husband and started to make overtures to her. After a month, they began an affair. He would code time spent for sex as meetings or drafting sessions. (It is not clear if he used the standard program and rounds up to the next 15 minutes or simply, like many men, exaggerated the time).

Within days of breaking off the affair, Lowe also announced that he would withdraw as counsel. The same day, the woman tried to commit suicide. At the hospital, she discussed the affair.

Lowe did not help himself by reportedly denying the underlying facts in the investigation by the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility but later admitted the truth.

This is not the first time that Lowe crossed the line with a client. Lowe was placed on probation in 1997 for using cocaine and buying the drugs from a client.

Lowe can seek reinstatement after a year and three months.

Source: Twin Cities

23 thoughts on “Lowe Blow: Minnesota Lawyer Suspended After Having Affair With Client And Then Billing Her For Time Spent In Sexual Encounters

  1. Wonderful…. POS……buying drugs from a client….dumbass award….. Lying to the committee investigating you….. Stupid…… The name says it all….

  2. I think that was covered in one of those Grisham stories
    “If you think about your client while you’re in the shower, thats an hour billed. If you boff the client, thats an hour billed”

  3. “Lowe can seek reinstatement after a year and three months.”

    Perhaps I’m being a bit draconian here, but the punishment seems way to lenient. I think this guy should be permanently disbarred. Part of the ethics of psychotherapy for instance is that one doesn’t sleep with clients. This is obvious since when a client comes to you in psychological distress they are quite vulnerable and to have sex with them is taking advantage of their vulnerability. I know of a few instances where sexual relationships with patients have occurred and they disgust me. The most public of these cases that I remember was Dr. Martin Shepard, who not only had sex with his patients, but wrote a book recommending it. In the early 70’s, in my own need for psychotherapy, I joined a group led by Shepard’s wife. She was unable to attend one session and he filled in. He impressed me as an egotistical ass. I mention this because this “therapy” group was really organized as a means to
    lure people into sexual encounters at a bogus “therapy” center in NYC that ran “orgies” on weekends. I found this out only because I had an affair with “center’s” administrator, who had purposely joined the group to seduce me (I must admit to willing participation). She filled me in on what was going on as a means of keeping me for herself. I mention this to illustrate how someone in searching for needed help, in my case psychotherapy, can be led astray by predators. After this I found a reputable Psychotherapy Center and got the therapeutic help I needed, leading eventually to becoming a psychotherapist.
    As a practitioner my early experience and subsequent training made me quite aware that there were lines with clients that one never passes.

    The difference here, however, is that psychotherapy is not as regulated as are Lawyers. A lawyer’s ability to practice is supposedly regulated by the “Bar”. This man is an unfit practitioner, no matter what the circumstance of the affair and to my mind should not be allowed to practice law ever again. If you are in a “profession” of any type your client/practitioner relationship should be sacrosanct. I this case this lawyer has no excuse for what happened and should never be in the position to repeat his egregious behavior.

  4. It’s no unusual for one associate in a firm to go to a loss site, meet w/ a witness, etc. and for the supervising partner also bill the time. I would look @ that bill carefully. She may have gotten gang banged.

  5. I’m curious to know whether — on his bill — he included the statement, “Was it good for you?”

    All kidding aside — and we should set all kidding aside — his client’s suicide attempt illustrates one of the reasons why this is such an egregious offense.

  6. If he didn’t charge her would he still have been suspended? Ah those attourneys they get’ya jone way or another, or both ways.

  7. As a former humanoid before my dog life, I was also an attorney. The worst niche of private practice of law is divorce cases. Some lawyer who would have sex with a client involved in a divorce is a total schmuck. This is grounds for disbarrment. A human who is still married is not fair game for anyone. But for a doctor, lawyer, Indian Chief to have sex with the patient, client, or tribal member, is the lowest creature on animal planet. Many people in divorce status do not know that they want to go through with it. Some come to see the lawyer because their mom made them do it. For a lawyer to encourage a client to do the divorce in order to make some money off of them is criminal. For a lawyer to pork the client is beyond The Pale.

    Now if the dlient is not involved in marital problems but has a small property dispute to resolve and is a hooker and is clearly inclined to trade sex for money or items then that is another thing. It is little different than the farmer who comes in with bales of hay to pay for the lawyer services. It is hard for a male to pass up the opportunity of sex with any looker, including a hooker. But this sex with divorce clients is clearly out of bounds. He is a “co-respondent” and should be so named by the husband in that divorce and an award of money damages should be leveled against him. “Pork em if ya gottem” just does not apply East of Corfu or if you are a lawyer with a divorce client. The reference to The Pale above is The Paletinate. I side with the notion that The Ten Commandments dont apply East of Corfu. But in any event a lawyer is bound by The Ten Commandments as well as Canons of Ethics. Some of those prosecutors seeking the death penalty should think about where they are going in the afterlife. They are worse than the client porker in the center of this controversy. Nuff said.

  8. Now, as far as charging her fees for the time spent frolicking. Well, what was she paying for? Advice about the law or advice about how to wiggle and look cute so he could squirt. He was giving her lessons so that she could succeed as a single woman. The husband might have been divorcing her because she was a bad porker. She needed some help in the saddle. What is the lawyer supposed to do? Advise her to go work up at the cathouse so as to get her skills up to speed? No. A few lessons in the applied arts were probably worth some dollars. Of course, maybe she was not paying anything in dollars and was trading sex for legal services. Just like the farmer who pays with bales of hay. Hmmn. Ah, give the lawyer a warning this time and let him go back to lawyering. But no women clients for two years.

  9. The various attorney disciplinary boards around the country try not to do anything really harsh to a lawyer who does not steal money from rich folks, or divulge information damaging to large powerful corporations, or represent individuals against government agencies that have good mafia protection. A guy like this will get a slap on the wrist because undoubtedly, the members of the state agency of the Bar that disciplines lawyers have all done just as bad, or worse, than he has. Some of them have done CONSIDERABLY worse and although he may not know exactly which of them, or what they did, their policy will always be to let someone skate who MAY have a way to find out the goods on them. In fact, the corruption in the Bar Disciplinary boards is worse than most other government agencies because the stakes are so high. In Washington DC, the Bar Counsel is a joke, except of course for the fact that it means that a lawyer from a large firm can get away with ANYTHING so long as the client is not more powerful than the firm. One of the former officials from the Bar Counsel, now a professor of legal ethics at George Washington University, has written an expose article on this subject and the entire legal community completely ignored it. The stench of the legal community will be one of the last bad smells still wafting when the US Empire falls and the ashes of this alleged democracy are still smoldering. I’ll be gone by then but I smelled it coming.

  10. One of the former officials from the Bar Counsel, now a professor of legal ethics at George Washington University, has written an expose article on this subject and the entire legal community completely ignored it.~Malisha
    do you have a link?

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