Pickrel was found to have violated rules by engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation. The court’s opinion stated that while Pickrel was not registered as an active attorney, the conduct rules still apply.
Pickrel established she had a mental-health disorder, submitting evidence that she was diagnosed with dysthymia in 2016, and had been treating the disorder with a therapist, the release said. The therapist certified that Pickrel is able to return to the competent, ethical, professional practice of law.
The Court stayed the second year of her suspension on the condition that she continue to participate in counseling, remain in compliance with her contract, and not engage in further misconduct, the release said.