On Tuesday, January 17, 2023, the Supreme Court of Illinois suspended Chicago attorney Michael P. Rusch over the case of Domestic Battery.

The case is entitled “In the matter of Michael P. Rusch” and was brought by the Administrator of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission with case no. 031485.

The charges cited Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct 8.4(b) and Illinois Compiled Statutes 625, 5/11-501(a)(2) which states:

Engaging in a criminal act that reflects adversely on his honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects.

Driving under the influence of alcohol.

The Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.

On October 31, 2022, in a Petition to impose Discipline on Consent,  the Administrator requested the suspension of the respondent for his misconduct of committing a domestic battery, a class A demeanor. In another case, the respondent was placed un arrest for driving under the influence of Alcohol.

The filing states:

“In June 2015, upon completing work for the day, Respondent returned to his residence in Highland Park. Respondent’s romantic partner, Y.N., was at his home and after the couple greeted each other, Respondent began to consume alcohol. At some point, Y.N. retired to the bedroom while Respondent continued to consume alcohol and watch television. Eventually, Respondent went to the bedroom where he observed Y.N. on her cellular phone. The couple began arguing about Y.N.’s cell phone usage and spending habits. Respondent grabbed Y.N.’s cell phone and threw it in the toilet, then went downstairs while Y.N. remained upstairs. A short time later, Y.N. came downstairs and ran towards the door to leave the residence. The Respondent grabbed her, preventing her from leaving. Y.N. told Respondent he was hurting her, he released his grip, Y.N. then left the residence and went to the police station. Respondent was subsequently arrested and charged by the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office with criminal offenses.”

The filing continues:

“On May 27, 2012, at approximately 3:30 a.m., a Burr Ridge police officer observed a 2012 Range Rover commit an unauthorized U-turn. The officer stopped the vehicle and upon approach, saw the Respondent operating the motor vehicle. The officer saw that Respondent’s face was flush, that he emitted a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage, that he had glassy eyes, and that his speech was slurred. The officer asked the Respondent to step out of the sport utility vehicle to perform field sobriety testing. Respondent agreed to perform the tests, during which he showed numerous indicators of impairment. The respondent was then placed under arrest and refused to submit to breathalyzer testing. Respondent was later charged by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office with criminal offenses.”

The Administrator argued that considering the nature and extent of the respondent’s misconduct, the appropriate sanction should be a 90-day suspension which the Supreme Court of Illinois agreed to in imposing the discipline.

The Disposition states:

“Petition by the Administrator of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission to impose discipline on consent pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 762(6). Allowed. Respondent Robert James Semrad is suspended from the practice of law for ninety (90) days and until further order of the Court.”

As of today, Mr. Semrad is listed on the website of the Law firm Semrad Law Firm, LLC as a practicing attorney. His info can be found on Lawyer.com. He practices in Chicago, Illinois. He is licensed in Illinois with license no. 6226455.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.