Friday, March 27, 2020
The Illinois Administrator has filed a complaint alleging that a Nevada attorney not admitted in Illinois undertook an Illinois personal injury matter.
When the client inquired as to the status of the case, he allegedly told her to be patient and trust him.
On July 25, 2019, Respondent and Taylor exchanged a series of text messages. Those messages read as follows:
Taylor I want this case to be over soon, Dr. Libo.
Tmvr is your bday!!
Respondent Yes ma’am. What’s my gift?
Taylor Where’s my bday gift
Respondent It’s not your birthday.
Taylor You didn’t get me a birthday gift, remember
What would you like?
Taylor No way!!
At no time had Respondent and Taylor engaged in any consensual sexual relations prior to the commencement of their lawyer-client relationship on June 6, 2018, and Respondent’s request for sex from Taylor on July 25, 2019 materially affected his ability to represent Taylor in connection with her claim against Zagal.
She terminated the representation on the same day.
On July 30, 2019, Respondent prepared and sent to Allstate Insurance a Notice of Attorney Lien ("attorney lien"), asserting a lien for fees on any proceeds recovered by Taylor in connection with her claim related to the December 16, 2017 vehicle collision. Respondent’s attorney lien stated, "This lien is in the amount of $3,766.66, representing the 33 1/3 percent of the total amount recovered, plus costs of $180.26 (see attached breakdown) for a total of $3,946.92."
Respondent’s claim for fees was fraudulent. Respondent knew that he was being dishonest by sending the attorney lien to Allstate on July 30, 2019 because at no time had Taylor agreed to pay him any fees for handling her claim against Zagal in connection with the December 16, 2017 vehicle collision.
The complaint alleges that the attorney made false statements in response to the complaint and offered to reduce the lien if the former client dropped the grievance. (Mike Frisch)