Lawyers Behaving Badly

Just read this in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.  If you had hired one of these attorneys it appears they will not be available for some time.  Some people believe that lawyers can't police themselves.  While there are some bad actors out there, if you have the goods on lawyer misconduct action will be taken.

10 lawyers disbarred, 10 more to be placed on suspension

The Illinois Supreme Court has disbarred a Chicago lawyer for converting more than $137,000 in funds involving 37 clients and/or their creditors.

The justices imposed the sanction upon Charles A. Conner Jr. after he also submitted false bank records numerous times to the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission in an attempt to hide the misappropriation of funds. M.R. 24771.

In orders entered recently, the Supreme Court disbarred another nine lawyers, suspended 10 and censured three others.

The justices also disbarred:

•Robert B. Becker, of Peoria, on consent following his conviction for predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and criminal sexual assault. M.R. 24572.

•Susan G. Castagnoli, of Zion, for charging excessive fees without authorization from the bankruptcy court and engaging in dishonest conduct. M.R. 24472.

• Kenneth G. Mason, of Wilmette, on consent based on his federal conviction for aiding and abetting securities fraud related to his involvement in an investment fraud scheme. M.R. 24547.

•Erwin Mayer, of Winnetka, on consent based on his guilty plea in New York to federal charges of tax evasion and conspiracy to defraud the United States relating to his marketing and use of fraudulent income tax shelters. M.R. 24500.

•Mahendra R. Mehta, of Chicago, for converting more than $100,000 in real estate escrow funds and making false statements to a judge. M.R. 24461.

•George A. Palivos, of Chicago, for his participation in a scheme to defraud the U.S. Small Business Administration. M.R. 24474.

•L. Tod Schlosser, of Chicago, for failing to return $31,025 in unearned fees and neglecting eight different immigration matters. M.R. 24458.

•Peter R. Vogel, of Sugar Grove, for converting about $3,850 of a client's funds and engaging in the unauthorized practice of law in Wisconsin. M.R. 24501.

•Adalbert P. Wojewnik, of Chicago, after he converted about $5,000 in escrow funds that he agreed to hold related to a client's real estate transaction and engaging in other misconduct. M.R. 24563.

The justices also suspended:

• Julio Cesar Argueta, of Fox Lake, for two years and until further court order, with the suspension stayed entirely by two years' probation with conditions. M.R. 24555.

• James W. Berry, of Medinah, for one year and until he makes certain restitution. M.R. 24553.

• David Joshua Corbett, of Arlington Heights, for 30 days. M.R. 24473.

• Leonard S. DeFranco, of Oak Brook Terrace, for 30 days. M.R. 24483.

• Michael J. Fiandaca, of Chicago, for 30 days and he is required to complete the ARDC Professionalism Seminar. M.R. 25443.

• Amy T. Ho, of Arlington Heights, for five months. M.R. 24554.

• Arnim Johnson Jr., of Chicago, for one year. M.R. 24437.

• Peter Chris Kalagis, of Park Ridge, for one year, with all but the initial 60 days stayed by probation with conditions. M.R. 24482.

•Craig Justin Katz, of Buffalo Grove, for one year and until further court order. M.R. 24490.

•John J. Robinson, of Dundee, for three years and until further court order following his federal mail fraud conviction. M.R. 24470.

Most of the suspensions are effective June 8.


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