Thursday, July 17, 2008
In an unusual report recommending that both partners of a two-partner be disbarred, an Illinois hearing board described the firm:
Between 1998 and 2007, Respondent Roger H. Williams and Respondent Tracy Hensler Krizman were partners in the two-attorney law firm of Williams and Krizman. Respondents jointly handled all of the firm’s cases, sharing responsibility for communicating with clients and opposing counsel, filing and responding to motions on pending cases, and attending court dates. During that same time, attorney David Harrison, who concentrated his practice in the area of workers’ compensation claims, referred numerous clients to Respondents for the handling of their personal injury claims.
The board found instances of severe neglect in six matters and noted that each partner had a record of prior discipline. The board concludes:
Respondents have demonstrated a complete disregard for their professional responsibilities and for these proceedings. In light of their extensive pattern of misconduct, we are of the opinion that Respondents pose a significant danger to the public and will continue to cause great damage if allowed to practice. Keeping in mind the purposes of the disciplinary process, which are to safeguard the public from any future abuse by Respondents, to preserve the integrity of the legal profession, and to protect the administration of justice from reproach, we conclude that the most severe discipline should be imposed. Accordingly, we recommend that Respondents Roger H. Williams and Tracy Hensler Krizman be disbarred.