Tuesday, November 2, 2010

That's What Friends Are (Not) For

The Illinois Review Board has recommended a nine-month suspension of an attorney who assisted his best friend and former law partner in his post-disbarment unauthorized practice of law. The attorney engaged in further misconduct by falsely denying his role on two occasions. He thereafter fessed up:

...while we consider the Respondent’s failure to tell the truth regarding a disciplinary matter, even when placed under oath, to be serious misconduct, we continue to be of the opinion that "respondents in ARDC proceedings should be encouraged to testify truthfully and to correct earlier testimony that was inaccurate or untruthful, whether the result of a deliberate lie, mistake or recklessness." In re Rossiello, 03 CH 33

The Hearing Board had recommended a suspension of fifteen months. (Mike Frisch)


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