The Supreme Court of Illinois issued an order on January 17, 2024, to disbar attorney Andrew Douglas Purcell in reciprocal discipline to an action taken against him in Missouri.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Andrew Douglas Purcell,” with case no. 2023PR00052.

On October 24, 2023, the Supreme Court of Missouri disbarred Purcell following his guilty plea to a class A misdemeanor of stealing without consent. Purcell was given a show cause order on August 23, 2023, to explain why he should not face disciplinary action. After reviewing his response on September 29, 2023, the court decided to disbar him from practicing law in Missouri.

Following this event, the Administrator of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission filed a petition with the Supreme Court of Illinois to impose reciprocal discipline on Purcell based on the disciplinary action taken against him in Missouri. According to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 763, an attorney disciplined in another jurisdiction shall be disciplined in Illinois.

On January 17, 2024, the Supreme Court of Illinois entered an order allowing the ARDC’s petition and disbarring Purcell in Illinois, making him ineligible to practice law in the state.

The Disposition states:

“Petition by the Administrator of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission to impose reciprocal discipline pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 763. Allowed. Respondent Andrew Douglas Purcell, who has been disciplined in the State of Missouri, is disbarred in the State of Illinois.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Purcell was a criminal defense attorney in Bridgeton, Missouri. He attended the Southern Illinois University School of Law, graduating in 2013. He acquired his law license in Illinois in 2014.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.