Thursday, September 24, 2020

Illinois Supreme Court Sanctions Attorneys

Highlights from the announcement of bar discipline recent orders of the Illinois Supreme Court give one a sense of the broad range of conduct that can lead to sanctions

Mr. Alikhan, who was licensed in 2007, was suspended for two years and until further order of the Court. While he was employed as an assistant state’s attorney, he purchased and used cocaine. During that period of time, he prosecuted felony cases including cases involving possession and sale of controlled substances. 

Mr. Bonebrake, who was licensed in 2005, was suspended for one year and until further order of the Court. In 2013, he engaged in the unauthorized practice of law by drafting a will for a Missouri resident disposing of property in that State, despite never having been licensed to practice law in that jurisdiction. Following that person’s death, Mr. Bonebrake made several profane and threatening telephone calls to the man’s adult children.

Mr. Himes, who was licensed in 2013, was disbarred on consent. He was convicted in North Carolina of two felony counts of obtaining controlled substances by fraud or forgery and five felony counts of attempting to obtain controlled substances by fraud or forgery, which involved him presenting fraudulent prescriptions for opioids to pharmacies.

Mr. Keck, who was licensed in 1978, was disbarred. He engaged in a conflict of interest by drafting a will for his mother that named himself as the sole beneficiary of her estate, thereby disinheriting his only brother. He also dishonestly converted over $387,000 of his mother’s assets, and presented false documents and failed to promptly deliver estate assets to the correct beneficiaries of the estate. Finally, he falsely denied at a deposition that he had drafted his mother’s will and offered fabricated evidence to the court in a probate proceeding.

Mr. Novoselsky, who was licensed in 1973 and who has been previously disciplined, was disbarred. During the pendency of a wrongful death case, he filed lawsuits in federal and state courts that contained baseless and false allegations against other attorneys involved in the case. He also attempted to remove a state court sanctions proceeding to federal court without any reasonable basis, and he falsely asserted in a court filing and an affidavit that he had been instructed by a circuit court judge to file certain pleadings. In a separate guardianship case, he filed a motion for sanctions against an attorney and motions for substitution of judge that had no objectively reasonable basis.

Mr. Porter, who was licensed in 2006, was disbarred. He assisted clients in perpetrating a fraudulent investment opportunity targeting wealthy athletes, made misrepresentations about the investment opportunity, and committed the criminal act of misprision of a felony.

(Mike Frisch)

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