According to Chicagoland’s legal news publication Cook County Record, divorce attorneys at Hurst Robin Kay & Allen, a firm headed by Brian Hurst, had its own client thrown in jail last week. Wrongly, Hurst’s former client Marty Paris says.
In a just-published story, “Lawyers who have backed Paris’ incarceration over the unpaid bills include attorneys from…Hurst Robin Kay & Allen.”
After our investigation, ALABnews discovered that Hurst was once the incarcerated man’s lawyer. According to court records, an attorney from Hurst attended multiple hearings in the process of having their former client locked up.
In a Cook County court order dated October 29, 2023, the court told Hurst the firm no longer needed to hound after Mr. Paris. “[Mr. Paris’ ex-wife’s] Counsel […]agrees to update [Hurst] when the Sheriff arrests [Mr. Paris]…”
The Cook County Record reporter Jonathan Bilyk blames the judge, the Hon. Abbey Fishman Romanek. According to an attorney who reviews legal proceedings across the country, Cook County’s family court system solidified its position as the nation’s worst since Hon. Regina A. Scannicchio took the helm last year. In an unprecedented ‘slam’ on a fellow judge, another Cook County judge and leader the Hon. Thaddeus L. Wilson immediately ordered an organization be started to keep judges like Scannicchio away from cases involving children. She oversees cases regarding children for more than 5,000,000 people in Cook County.
Nonetheless, Hurst himself is no stranger to ethical allegations. He was accused of violating a duty to a former client as recently as November 30, 2023 in a Missouri court unrelated to Mr. Paris. Hurst and its attorneys owe duties to former clients, like Mr. Paris, under the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct (IRPC Rule 1.9). Mr.Hurst’s attorney described Mr. Hurst’s actions as “commonplace consultations” while suggesting a court just ignore things to which Hurst swears.
Mr. Paris sits in jail at time of publishing.
Disclosure: ALABnews‘ Publisher, Judiciocracy LLC is run by Edward “Coach” Weinhaus, Esq. who has litigation against Hurst unrelated to the Paris case. Coach refused comment.