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Indiana State Bar Association awards $100,000 to victims of dishonest attorney, William F. Conour

Monday, March 9, 2015   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Carissa Long
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News Release

March 9, 2015


INDIANAPOLIS (March 9, 2015) – The Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) Clients’ Financial Assistance Fund Committee has awarded a sum of $100,000 to 24 victims who suffered losses due to the dishonest acts of former Indianapolis attorney William F. Conour. In June 2012, Conour was disbarred by the Indiana Supreme Court. See disbarment order:


“Regrettably, Conour’s conduct hurt a lot of people and has had a negative impact on the practice of law,” said Thomas E. Irons, chair of the CFAF Committee. “I hope that payouts like these can help to ease the burden of victims caused by dishonest attorneys and emphasize the strong commitment of the State Bar to the public.”


The Clients’ Financial Assistance Fund was created in 1962 to help uphold the integrity of the Indiana legal profession. The member lawyers of the ISBA voluntarily contribute money each year to this fund to cover some portion of losses suffered by clients of dishonest attorneys. In the case of Conour, the State Bar approved a total of $100,000 for former clients. Cases of dishonesty are rare in the legal profession and most are committed by lawyers who are not members of the ISBA.



Founded in 1896, the Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) is the single largest legal organization in the state. With more than 12,000 members, the ISBA serves and advocates on behalf of its members, their clients and the public interest as the independent voice of the legal profession. The ISBA’s office is located in downtown Indianapolis. For more information about the State Bar, visit


Media Contact: Carissa Long, ISBA Director of Public Relations & Social Media, 800.266.2581,


Karen B. Neiswinger says...
Posted Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Conour resigned in lieu of being disbarred. This means he is theoretically eligible to petition for reinstatement after 5 years.