Tuesday, January 30, 2018
An Illinois Hearing Board proposes a six-month suspension of an attorney who had ignored the process
Respondent agreed to represent clients in two matters, after his name was removed from the roll of attorneys authorized to practice law in Illinois for failure to register or pay the registration fee for 2015. Specifically, Respondent agreed to represent a person who had to relocate her business as a result of a condemnation action. Respondent accepted $2,500 as legal fees from this client, gave her a business card which identified him as an attorney and participated in negotiating terms on which she would vacate the property. Respondent also agreed to represent that client's husband in a real estate purchase, for which Respondent accepted $500 as fees. Respondent took no further action on either matter, did not respond to the clients' inquiries and did not refund any of the fees he received.
In aggravation, the Panel considered Respondent's failure to participate in these proceedings. Respondent has no prior discipline, which is mitigating, but did not cause us to recommend a different sanction.