Thursday, December 7, 2017
The Illinois Administrator has filed a complaint alleging misconduct involving domestic violence
On the evening of June 25, 2016, Respondent and his spouse were discussing various household chores, including his spouse's request that Respondent change light bulbs at their home in northwest suburban Inverness. At 9:30 in the evening, Respondent began to change light bulbs that had burnt out in the kitchen, but did not complete the task that evening.
On the evening of June 26, 2016, Respondent sat down in a chair after dinner to watch television. Respondent and his spouse continued their discussion about Respondent completing the job of changing the light bulbs that he had begun the evening before. The discussion continued about other topics as Respondent was on a stepladder finishing changing the burned-out light bulbs in the kitchen.
During the discussion, Respondent came down from the stepladder, pushed his spouse and put his hand on her neck. Respondent removed his hand from his spouse's neck when she indicated to him that she could not breathe. His spouse then ran to another room crying. Respondent's hand left visible red marks on his spouse's neck.
That same night, Respondent's spouse contacted the Palatine Police Department to file a police report against Respondent for his actions...
Respondent pled guilty to Battery, a Class A misdemeanor. On that date, Judge Samuel J. Betar entered an order sentencing Respondent to twelve months of court supervision, requiring him to complete a drug and alcohol evaluation and adhere to any corresponding treatment recommendations, and to complete a domestic violence program.
The respondent is a high-profile class action plaintiff attorney whose firm is mentioned prominently in this 2016 Reuters story. (Mike Frisch)