Minnesota 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