Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Charges Of Unauthorized Practice

The Illinois ARDC has filed charges of ethical misconduct against an Illinois lawyer who allegedly engaged in unauthorized practice in Michigan. The complaint alleges that the attorney was retained to pursue a medical malpractice case on behalf of a Michigan couple. He filed a notice of intent to bring suit that extended the statute of limitations until June 26, 2006. On that date, he filed suit without associating with Michigan counsel or obtaining court permission. The complaint reflected that the clients lived in Indiana and were proceeding pro se, which the ARDC alleges were knowing misrepresentations. It is further alleged that the lawyer failed to comply with court requirements, leading to dismissal with prejudice. Finally, he is alleged to have made false representations to the wife after the husband had died. (Mike Frisch)

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