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Attorney Disbarred even Before Being Admitted to Practice.

A law license is usually a prerequisite for disbarment in attorney disciplinary matters. That may not be the case in Illinois anymore. For the first time, Illinois disbarred an out-of-state lawyer without an Illinois law license under an amended rule governing the unauthorized practice of law. This particular attorney was licensed to practice law in Missouri and in Indiana, but entered his appearance as an attorney in six cases in St. Clair County, Illinois and in 3,081 cases in Madison County, Illinois over the course of seven years. In each of the those cases, the attorney falsely represented on the entry of appearance that he was admitted to practice law in Illinois, and used the attorney registration number of another licensed Illinois attorney. The attorney told the ARDC he was admitted pro hac vice in several Illinois cases and was in the process of applying for admission to Illinois’ bar and that his firm “mistakenly jumped the gun” when it put Illinois on his list of law license registrations on its website. The Hearing Board and the Review Board, however, did not believe those statements and recommended disbarment. More ›