Legal Ethics

Lawyer who had affair with divorce client and billed her for sex loses license indefinitely


A longtime Minnesota lawyer who admittedly had an affair with a matrimonial client and billed her for meeting time spent having sex has lost his law license for an indefinite period.

Thomas P. Lowe, 58, will have to wait at least 15 months to apply for reinstatement of his suspended license, reports the Pioneer Press. The Daily Mail also has a story.

The state supreme court said in a brief order (PDF) dated Jan. 10 and made public Wednesday that Lowe had admitted to the allegations of the disciplinary petition.

The woman was considered a “vulnerable client” because of a history of prior abuse and mental health treatment. She reportedly attempted suicide after Lowe ended the affair.

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