March 24, 2008
Disbarment Proposed For Fugitive Attorney
An Illinois Hearing Board recently recommended disbarment of attorney who "is believed to be living in Costa Rica" and has not been heard from since the spring of 2006. He was arrested for a series of alcohol-related driving offenses. He also had "dissipated marital assets, reneged on his financial obligations with respect to his children, and is subject to two warrants for his arrest." While he had acknowledged a problem with alcohol, no evidence was presented suggesting he had done anything about it.
As to sanction:
"While Respondent’s misconduct did not relate to any client matters and he has no previous orders of discipline, we believe his failure to conform his actions to orders of the court, to the laws of this State, and to the Rules of Professional Conduct seriously demeans the integrity of the legal profession and poses a risk of significant harm to the public should he attempt to resume his practice in Illinois. His flight in the face of pending charges, failure to register with the Commission, and untreated alcohol addiction and depression further indicate his lack of fitness to practice law." (Mike Frisch)
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