Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Smolen Answers Bar Charges

We recently reported on ethics charges brought against former Sidley Austin partner Lee Smolen by the Illinois Administrator.

An answer to the bar complaint was recently submitted on his behalf by counsel.

The answer admits some facts but denies that any ethical rules were violated.

With respect to the fabricated taxi cab receipts allegations, the answer states that

his submission of fabricated taxi receipts was a poorly conceived short cut around the firm's reporting procedures in order to secure more time to address his substantial and demanding commitments to the firm.

The improper reimbursements for gifts, sporting event tickets and holiday meals were the product of "inadvertent error or his occasional failure to pay sufficiently close attention to detail" and "inadvertent error and not wrongful intent." (Mike Frisch)


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