Legal Ethics

Lawyer is accused of violating lifetime ban on representing women; disbarment sought

A Connecticut lawyer has been accused of violating a lifetime ban on representing women weeks after he agreed to the condition to resolve a disciplinary complaint.

Ethics officials are now seeking the disbarment of lawyer Ira Mayo of Connecticut, report the Connecticut Law Tribune and the Register Citizen. In a motion filed on Aug. 6, Connecticut’s Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel alleges Mayo violated the agreement when he appeared before a judge on July 30 and said he would be representing a woman accused of larceny.

Mayo agreed to the lifetime ban in early July after he was accused of representing women in family law and domestic-violence cases in violation of a 2010 court order. The agreement also included a four-month suspension to begin in October. Mayo told the Connecticut Law Journal he misunderstood the 2010 court order.

Mayo was accused in two prior ethics cases, according to earlier coverage by the Connecticut Law Tribune. In the first, he was suspended for 15 months after he was accused of making unwanted advances to female clients referred to him by a group for abused women, the story says. In the second, he was banned from representing women in family law or domestic violence cases after he was accused of offering to waive attorney fees in exchange for a massage.

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