Update: A correction was made to reflect the proper spelling of the last name of Edward C. Abderholden.
The Illinois Supreme Court entered orders Thursday disciplining 32 attorneys, including 13 who were disbarred.
Among those who were disbarred was Seth Gillman of Chicago, who pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges in a multimillion-dollar hospice fraud scheme involving the now-defunct Lisle-based company Passages Hospice he operated. Gillman was disbarred on consent. (M.R. 28221)
Gary Edward Kovall of Minnesota was disbarred after he was convicted in a federal court in California of conspiracy to commit bribery as an agent of a Native American tribal government that received federal funds.
According to a news release from the Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission, Kovall took part in a scheme in which he “steered a Native American tribe’s casino’s construction projects and land purchases to associates in exchange for kickbacks.” (M.R. 28253)
Htin Myat Win of Springfield was suspended for one year for making a false statement to a federal judge while serving as an Illinois assistant attorney general. Win claimed he had notified a witness to appear for a hearing when he had not.
Win then created a backdated letter supporting his claim, made a false statement to his supervisor, filed a false affidavit regarding the matter and later lied to the ARDC about it. (M.R. 28238) His suspension is effective on Oct. 13.
Robert W. Gold-Smith of Homer Glen was suspended on an interim basis and until further order of the court after he was convicted in Will County earlier this year of solicitation of murder for hire. Gold-Smith was found guilty of attempting to hire a fellow Will County jail inmate to kill his ex-wife for $5,000. (M.R. 28218)
The other attorneys disbarred were:
- Joel S. Alpert of Buffalo Grove was disbarred for practicing while he was already unauthorized to do so during a two-year suspension for previous misconduct. (M.R. 28141)
- Bradley F. Aubel of Libertyville was disbarred after he was convicted in federal court of obstruction of justice for converting client credit cards for his own use and for falsely filing a tax return. (M.R. 28179)
- Dwight L. Beck of Ford Heights was disbarred for converting client settlement funds, failing to maintain records and for two convictions of driving on a suspended license and failing to appear at his disciplinary hearing. (M.R. 28137)
- Robert C. Beck of Wheaton was disbarred for intentionally misappropriating more than $700,000 from two elderly clients who suffered from dementia and nearly $190,000 from a third client who had died. (M.R. 28137)
- Reid D. Henderson of Washington, D.C., was disbarred in Illinois after he was disbarred in the District of Columbia for neglecting client matters. (M.R. 28191)
- Robert D. Lattas of Oak Brook was disbarred on consent after he was convicted in federal court of wire and mail fraud. In a separate case he was charged with bank fraud. According to the ARDC release, “Lattas took part in a real estate developer’s multimillion-dollar scheme to defraud several banks on mortgages for units opening in a condominium tower in the Chicago’s South Loop.” (M.R. 28157)
- Ronald L. McPheron of Chicago was disbarred for settling a client’s personal-injury case without her authorization and then intentionally misappropriating settlement funds received in the matter. (M.R. 28217)
- Kevin David Posch of Missouri was disbarred on consent after he was convicted in Missouri of endangering the welfare of a child. (M.R. 28220)
- Frank A. Santilli of Chicago was disbarred on consent for knowingly misappropriating more than $500,000 in client settlement funds and for forging a medical lienholder’s signature on three settlement checks. (M.R. 28167)
- David J. Silberman of Wisconsin was disbarred for transferring more than $460,000 of escrow funds from a title insurance company he operated in Wisconsin and then using more than $180,000 of those funds that had been provided by lenders and buyers to fund the company’s operation. (M.R. 28163)
- Dale Robert Wiles of Pennsylvania was disbarred after he pleaded guilty in federal court in Pennsylvania to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. “He participated in a conspiracy to steer a municipal contract to a law firm, then concealed records from a federal grand jury and made false statements to federal agents to conceal the conspiracy,” the ARDC release stated.
The other attorneys who were suspended are:
- Edward C. Abderholden of Chicago was suspended for six months and until further order of the court with the suspension fully stayed by a two-year period of conditional probation. (M.R. 28181)
- Kevin S. Besetzny of Chicago was suspended for one year with the suspension stayed after 90 days by an 18-month period of conditional probation, effective Oct. 13. (M.R. 28204)
- Timothy J. Coffey of Naperville was suspended for 60 days and until further order of the court with the suspension stayed in its entirety by a two-year period of conditional probation. (M.R. 28096)
- Jackson E. Donley of Springfield was suspended for one year and until further order of the court with the suspension stayed after three months by a two-year period of conditional probation, effective Oct. 13. (M.R. 28265)
- Philip C. Gallagher of California was suspended for 30 days after he was disciplined in California, effective Oct. 13. (M.R. 28077)
- Robert Allan Holstein of Chicago was suspended for 18 months, effective Oct. 13. (M.R. 28038)
- Larry S. Mayster of Chicago was suspended for six months, effective Oct. 13. (M.R. 28180)
- Vincent J. O’Brien of Chicago was suspended for nine months with the suspension stayed after four months by a 12-month period of conditional probation, effective Oct. 13. (M.R. 28081)
- Douglas A. Shenk of Northbrook was suspended for 30 days and required to complete the ARDC professionalism seminar, effective Oct. 13. (M.R. 28129)
- James E. Taylor of Chicago was suspended for one year with the suspension stayed after 60 days by a two-year period of conditional probation, effective Oct. 13. (M.R. 28164)
- John C. Torjesen of Los Angeles received reciprocal discipline and was suspended for one year with the suspension stayed after 30 days by a two-year period of conditional probation retroactive to March 20, 2015, after he received the same discipline in California. The suspension is effective on Oct. 13. (M.R. 28058)
- Jarvis Edmond Williams of Houston was suspended for one year and until further order of the court. (M.R. 28240)
Other disciplinary orders include:
- The court imposed reciprocal discipline against Charles Augustus Boyle of Chicago, who was reprimanded in Wisconsin. (M.R. 28205)
- John Richard Gaertner Jr. of Phoenix was disciplined reciprocally after he was placed on probation for one year in Arizona. (M.R. 28222)
- Robert A. Habib of Chicago was censured. (M.R. 28087)
- Peter A. Papoutsis of Chicago was censured. (M.R. 28150)
- Mario J. Tarara of Rockford received reciprocal discipline and was reprimanded after he was reprimanded in Wisconsin. (M.R. 28151)
The ARDC release also noted two other high court orders that occurred before this month’s session.
On July 19, Francis Joseph Coyle, Jr. of Rock Island was suspended on an interim basis and until further order of the court for misappropriating $100,000 in escrow funds and intentionally misrepresenting the status of those funds to another attorney. (M.R. 28149)
On June 15, Richard C. Moenning of Chicago was suspended on an interim basis and until further order of the court for engaging in multiple acts of misconduct. (M.R. 28100)
Three attorneys were placed on permanent retirement status: John Patrick Coleman of Chicago (M.R. 28165), Stephen N. Roth of Lombard (M.R. 28193) and William Gerald Schick of Florida (M.R. 28250).