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Indianapolis attorney accused of misconduct cleared of wrongdoing by state's high court

Indianapolis Star logo Indianapolis Star 1/22/2021 Elizabeth DePompei, Indianapolis Star
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An Indianapolis attorney and former federal prosecutor accused of misconduct has been cleared by the Indiana Supreme Court.

Larry Mackey, a partner at Barnes & Thornburg, was accused of conflict of interest and making a false statement in 2011 regarding his relationship with his client's then-wife, according to a complaint filed by the Indiana Supreme Court disciplinary commission in December 2019. The client and his wife divorced later that year and, in 2012, Mackey married his client's ex-wife.

Larry Mackey wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a building: U.S. prosecutor Larry Mackey leaves the federal courthouse in Denver Tuesday afternoon Dec. 16 1997 where the jury began deliberating the fate of Oklahoma City bombing suspect Terry Nichols. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski) © ED ANDRIESKI, Associated Press U.S. prosecutor Larry Mackey leaves the federal courthouse in Denver Tuesday afternoon Dec. 16 1997 where the jury began deliberating the fate of Oklahoma City bombing suspect Terry Nichols. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

On Thursday, the state's high court determined the commission did not prove professional misconduct.

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"After reviewing the evidence and considering the parties’ arguments, the Court concludes that the hearing officer’s findings of fact are supported by the evidence, and based on those findings we likewise conclude that the Commission has failed to prove by clear and convincing evidence either of the two (alleged) rule violations," the court's judgment reads.

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In an emailed statement, Mackey's attorney said he is grateful for the high court's "careful and deliberate review" of the case. 

"A disciplinary complaint takes a significant toll on a lawyer and impacts his reputation even when it is ultimately found to be without merit," attorney Wayne Turner wrote. "Mr. Mackey is grateful to have been vindicated and to have this matter behind him.

The former client —  Keenan Hauke, who was once a high-profile financial adviser —doubled down on accusations of misconduct in a civil lawsuit filed against Mackey in the U.S. District Court of Southern Indiana in 2018, in which he sought more than $2 million in damages he said were caused in part by poor representation after Mackey recused himself. Judge William T. Lawrence ruled in Mackey's favor in September 2018.

IndyStar reporter Holly Hays contributed to this story. 

Contact IndyStar reporter Elizabeth DePompei at 317-444-6196 or edepompei@indystar.com. Follow her on Twitter: @edepompei.

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