Massachusetts attorney Karen J. Andrade, 51, may be an example of the over-use of social media. Southampton police say that Andrade had thae standard lawyer links like LinkedIn but also links as “Rose,” a prostitute. Andrade, who was suspended from practice in 2014, is accused of running a escort business out of her home.
Andrade specializes in child custody but was placed under administrative suspension by the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers on Jan. 21, 2014. She was then accused of failing to respond to board inquiries.
Neighbors complained that middle aged men were frequenting the house and police questioned Andrade and showed her the advertisements as an escort. However, those advertisements did not use her real name but did use her telephone and other identifying information. Police say that they found text messages arranging meetings with male clients as well as sexual items in her home. One man found at the home reportedly admitted to paying $150 for sexual favors.
Andrade’s LinkedIn entry includes a background as a “Hynpotherapist”:
Owner, Alternative Dispute Resolution Professional
Valley Conflict Resolution Services
2012 – Present (3 years)1242 Main Street, Ste 215, Springfield, MA 01103
Areas of Conflict Resolution include, but are not limited to; divorce, custody, co-parenting, relocation, paternity, adoption, guardianship, surrogate and donor agreements, DCF matters, modifications, special needs issues, non-traditional and high conflict families, bullying, school and service provider conflict, neighborhood and small business disputes.
Areas of Practice include, but are not limited to Mediation, Arbitration, Collaborative Law, and Parenting Co-ordination.
Hynpotherapist, Voice Talent, Owner
March 2008 – Present (7 years 8 months)1242 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103
Assuming Andrade is convicted, the question is whether her position as an attorney (even a suspended attorney) would be considered as an aggravating factor. Attorneys are officers of the court and held to a higher standard. However, would it be far to increase punishment based on her “other” identity as an attorney?
She was released on her own personal recognizance.