Lawyer Bills Client for Sex

Minnesota man suspended after affair comes to light

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 18, 2013 2:46 PM CST | Updated Jan 20, 2013 2:41 PM CST

(Newser) – Legal tip of the day: If you feel the urge to have sex with your lawyer, make sure you're off the clock first. Otherwise, you might find out that your lawyer is like this one in Minnesota—suspended after having an affair with a client and billing her for time they spent having sex, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Thomas Lowe was representing the woman in a divorce, and at one point, while asking about her sexual relationship with her husband, suggested she sleep with him. She agreed, and he billed a number of their liaisons as meetings. When he eventually broke things off, the woman tried to kill herself, and, while recovering in the hospital, revealed the affair. Lowe "unconditionally admits" the whole thing, says the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility. He isn't eligible for reinstatement for 15 months.

If you're mixing business and pleasure, be sure you can still tell which is which.
If you're mixing business and pleasure, be sure you can still tell which is which.   (Shutterstock)
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