Friday, July 18, 2008
The Illinois ARDC filed charges that were posted online today that allege neglect and related misconduct in the representation of a client in connection with a rental agreement. The most remarkable aspect of the allegations is the hourly fee, charged in 2005. The hourly rate is $40 per hour.
In unrelated amended charges also posted today, the allegations involve a wildly different amount of money. The lawyer, a shareholder in a law firm, is alleged to have breach fiduciary obligations to the firm's four other shareholders and clients. The amounts alleged to have been either commingled or converted appear to be well in excess of a million dollars. The lawyer also is alleged to have made false notations with respect to 99 check transactions in order to conceal his conduct from the other firm shareholders. (Mike Frisch)