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The Indiana Supreme Court has publicly reprimanded a Barnes & Thornburg attorney for patronizing a prostitute in February. Hiroaki Nishikawara, of counsel in the law firm’s Indianapolis office, received the reprimand after the court approved an agreement between him and the state’s attorney disciplinary commission. Nishikawara entered into a plea agreement for committing a class A misdemeanor. The agreement required him to perform six hours of community service and attend an impact panel proceeding. The court noted that he had completed the requirements and had no prior criminal history. Nishikawara declined to comment about the reprimand. Nishikawara, who graduated from Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis in 2004, began working at the firm in its summer associate program in 2003. His practice focuses on labor and employment law. He was charged with violating the Indiana Professional Conduct Rule that prohibits attorneys from committing criminal acts that reflect adversely on a lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer. The court ordered him to pay costs. Leigh Jones can be contacted at [email protected].

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