On Tuesday, March 5, 2024, the Supreme Court of Missouri issued an order disbarring attorney James Thomas Rollins based on his five-month suspension by the Supreme Court of Illinois.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of James Thomas Rollins,” with case no. SC100404.

According to the court order, the Missouri Chief Disciplinary Counsel had filed paperwork notifying the court that Rollins received a suspension from practicing law in Illinois in September 2023. This was due to ethical violations involving fabricating documents while working at a Chicago law firm in 2016.

Specifically, Rollins fabricated bills, receipts, and bank statements to make it appear as though he had paid his $100,000 capital contribution to Sinars Rollins, LLC when he had not. The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission investigated and found Rollins had only actually paid $18,071.81 of the $81,859.39 he claimed. He later provided two fraudulent personal checks when the firm’s bookkeeper questioned the discrepancies.

The Missouri order states Rollins’ conduct in Illinois violating their professional conduct rules equates to violating Missouri’s Rule as well. As such, the Chief Disciplinary Counsel sought reciprocal discipline of disbarment from practicing in Missouri.

Rollins, who is licensed to practice in both states, did not respond to the show cause order issued by the Missouri Supreme Court. Without any opposition, the court sustained the motion for reciprocal discipline.

Rollins must comply with requirements to notify clients and other attorneys of his disbarment. The order also requires him to pay $2,000 to the Missouri Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee Fund.

The Disposition states:

“Now, therefore, it is ordered by this Court that the motion for reciprocal discipline is sustained, and Respondent is hereby disbarred, that his right and license to practice law in the State of Missouri is canceled and that his name is stricken from the roll of attorneys in this state.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Rollins is a business attorney in Chicago, Illinois. He attended the Valparaiso University School of Law, graduating in 2003. He acquired his law license in Missouri in 2017.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.