Thomas Lowe wins the award for worst lawyer of the week. IMAGE: facebook
However much you have screwed up in your life, I bet you don't top this guy: a Minnesota lawyer, Thomas Lowe, had his license indefinitely suspended when it came to light that he had been sleeping with a woman he represented. In a divorce trial. And he was billing her for the time they were having sex. Come for the legal services, stay for the prostitution?
According to the Pioneer Press, Lowe moved quickly after agreeing to represent the woman:
During a phone call days later, Lowe asked about her sexual relationship with her husband, commented on her appearance and asked if she was interested in sex with him.
The following month, they began an affair that lasted until March. 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.
In March, after several arguments with the woman about the affair and his own marriage, Lowe said he was breaking things off. Two days later, he said he was withdrawing as her attorney.
That day, the woman, who was considered vulnerable because of past abuse and mental health treatment, tried to kill herself. While hospitalized, she disclosed the affair.
So, that didn't go well. One also has to wonder, is this the first time Lowe did this? Probably not, right? It's probably just the first time he got caught.