Lawyer billed client “for time they spent having sex”

by Walter Olson on January 18, 2013

The ultimate Overlawyered story? Minnesota: “An Eagan lawyer is suspended indefinitely after having an affair with a client whom he represented in a divorce, then billing her for time they spent having sex. … At various points, Lowe billed the woman for legal services on the dates of their sexual encounters, coding the time as meetings or drafting memos. … [He] won’t have a chance for reinstatement for at least a year and three months after the decision… by the Minnesota Supreme Court.” [St. Paul Pioneer-Press]


1 Waste 01.18.13 at 7:23 am

I thought charging people money for sex was prostitution.

2 boblipton 01.18.13 at 8:57 am

I suppose this is what they mean by illicit conversation. “But I was in consultation with the client!


3 marco73 01.18.13 at 10:14 am

This lawyer took advantage of a mentally disturbed woman, then tossed her away and wouldn’t represent her during the divorce. She attempted suicide.
Lowe had previously been on probation for cocaine abuse.

Maybe there is a lawyer joke hiding in there, but I don’t have the stomach to write it.

4 Ron Miller 01.18.13 at 11:29 am

Marco, you ruined all of the run, really. But your point is well taken.

I have a hard time passing severe judgment in some of these lawyer dating – or whatever – client cases. I mean, it is certainly wrong. But it is the way you often meet people in the real world – through work. It is how I met my wife (opposing counsel, not a client). But this is just a case of one human finding a weak person and taking advantage of them.

5 AMcA 01.18.13 at 1:32 pm

That happened here in Illinois some years back.

I dealt with the lawyer in question in a case. He’d have been a fine pimp in another life.

6 JohnC 01.18.13 at 10:03 pm

There was a similar case a few years back. I don’t recall much, other than (a) (slightly more honestly) he billed it as “client consultation; and (b) his defense was, “Well, it was in my office, and I was thinking about the case during sex, because that’s when I get inspiration.”

7 Richard Nieporent 01.21.13 at 10:25 am

It was an honest mistake on his part. After all it is the job of lawyers to screw people. :)

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