LINCOLN — The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday suspended Omaha attorney Kathleen Schmidt over an accumulation of financial and legal missteps.
Schmidt will be able to seek reinstatement after one year. If reinstated, she would be on probation and monitored for two years.
The disciplinary action was based on violations of the code of professional conduct in five separate cases. Two cases involved mixing client funds with her business fund, although she later reimbursed the clients involved.
In a third case, Schmidt had been named a conservator for a client and was responsible for paying the client's storage unit rent. She used the client's funds to pay late fees for months in which Schmidt had not paid the rent on time.
The fourth case involved Schmidt filing a proposed parenting plan with the court such that it appeared the plan had been filed by opposing counsel and had already been approved. In another divorce case, she failed to follow discovery rules.
Schmidt did not contest the charges. She told the Supreme Court that she had been diagnosed in December 2017 with an illness that required surgery and extended treatment ending in August of last year. During that time, she said she failed to monitor tasks delegated to new employees.