Legal Ethics

'Shocked and Appalled' By 2nd Client-Sex Complaint, Lawyer Said He Learned Lesson the 1st Time

Disciplined in 2007 for having sex with a client in 2005, a Montana lawyer has been accused of making the same mistake again, apparently with a different client, in 2008 and 2009.

However, a “shocked and appalled” Solomon Neuhardt says he didn’t do it, reports the Billings Gazette.

Neuhardt admitted the 2005 violation of state attorney ethics rules, which he called a blessing in disguise, and was suspended from practice for four months.

“There isn’t a shred of evidence to support it,” he says of the new client-sex complaint. “I will fight it until it is dismissed.”

Under Montana ethics rules for lawyers, an attorney may not have a sexual relationship with a client unless it existed prior to the representation.

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