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May 20, 2022

Lawyer Seeks Compensation for Future Pain for Deceased Client

According to a complaint filed by the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (Commission), a Chicago attorney has been accused of, among other things, knowingly making a material false statement to a third person in violation of Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 4.1(a), and engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation in violation of Rule 8.4(c). The allegations stem from the attorney’s attempt to settle a client’s accident claim based in part on “future pain and physical limitations.” The problem, according to the Complaint, was that the client had already died from causes unrelated to the accident when the attorney made the settlement offer  - a fact that the attorney allegedly already knew. The Complaint requests that a hearing panel of the Commission conduct a hearing and, among other things, make a recommendation for such discipline as is warranted.

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