On Tuesday, January 17, 2023, the Supreme Court of Illinois allowed the Petition by the Administrator for the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission to Impose Discipline, thus suspending attorney David Hall for his dishonesty and misrepresentation.

The case is entitled “In the matter of David Hall” and was brought by Administrator for the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission with case no. 031560.

The charges cited Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct 8.4(c) which states:

 Conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, and misrepresentation.

On an Amended Petition to Impose Discipline filed on December 27, 2022, it was stated that the respondent around 2020-2021 allegedly created false billing entries and committed misrepresentations to his employer. This is when he claimed to have reviewed approximately 400 documents as part of the document review project of one of the law firm’s clients. The respondent claimed that he recorded a total of 277 hours of time allotment to the review and falsely claimed to have reviewed and submitted his billing entries.

The filing states:

“Between December 2020 and March 2021, using software provided by the firm, Respondent falsely claimed to have reviewed a total of 425 documents and recorded a total of approximately 277 hours of time related to the purported review of those documents. In reality, the Respondent had reviewed only about 20 documents. Respondent then submitted his billing entries to his supervisors at Dentons, understanding that some portion or all of the time he falsely recorded could be billed to the firm’s client.”

The filing continues:

“On March 12, 2021, after a review of Respondent’s billing and document review records, attorneys from Dentons confronted Respondent about his false document review entries. Respondent admitted to Denton personnel that he had not reviewed all of the documents he claimed to have reviewed and that his billing entries relating to the document review project contained false information. Dentons then terminated the Respondent’s employment. Attorneys from Dentons discovered Respondent’s false entries concerning his document review before the firm’s client was billed for his work. The firm had to assign another associate attorney to complete the document review work that Respondent falsely claimed to have performed.”

In consideration of the nature and extent of the respondent’s misconduct, the Administrator requested, with the consent of the respondent, an imposition of sixty(60) day suspension of Mr. Hall. The Supreme Court of Illinois allowed the request and decided to suspend attorney Hall.

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(b). Allowed. Respondent David Hall is suspended from the practice of law for sixty (60) days, with the suspension stayed after thirty (30) days by a one (1) year period of probation, subject to the following conditions. . . .

Suspension effective February 7, 2023.”

Mr. Hall worked in the law firm of Dentons in Chicago, Illinois.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.