On Tuesday, January 17, 2023, the Supreme Court of Illinois suspended Homewood attorney India Noelle Winbush for failure to comply with court orders.

The case is entitled “In the matter of India Noelle Winbush” and was brought by the Administrator and Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission with case no. 031542.

In a Petition filed on December 7, 2022, it was stated that the Respondent’s misconduct includes failing to appear for a number of scheduled status dates for a dissolution marriage case, failure to timely turn over the client files to new counsel after she was terminated, and failure to comply with court orders.

The filing states:

“On December 11, 2019, Apata appeared for the status hearing, but the Respondent did not appear. Apata provided the court with proof of service of the November 1, 2019, order on Respondent, as well as e-mails that she had exchanged with Respondent regarding the matter. The court entered an order of contempt against Respondent and ordered her to appear on January 31, 2020. The Respondent received the contempt order but did not appear on January 31, 2020. Respondent never moved to purge the contempt order and Apata entered her pro se appearance.”

The filing continues:

“Despite the court’s order requiring Respondent to appear on February 21, 2019, Respondent did not appear at the status hearing in case number 2010 D 3812 because she believed her appearance was not required since she had complied with the order to turn over the file. On that date, the court entered an order imposing Supreme Court Rule 137 sanctions against Respondent of $100 per day for each day, beginning on February 21, 2019, and until Rivas’s file was turned over. The court set a status hearing regarding Respondent’s compliance with the order for April 2, 2019.”

The Administrator requested the court that based on the alleged facts and similar cases applicable to the current case, the respondent should be suspended from the practice of Law for 90 days. Agreeing with the Administrator, the Supreme Court of Illinois granted the request.

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 India Noelle Winbush is suspended from the practice of law for ninety (90) days and until further order of the Court, with the suspension stayed in its entirety by a two (2) year period of probation subject to the following conditions to commence upon the effective date of the Court’s order”

As of today, Ms. Winbush is listed on the website of the law firm The Stuttley Group as a practicing attorney. Her info can be found on lawyer.com. Ms. India attended the John Marshall Law School. She practices in Homewood, Illinois. She is licensed in Illinois.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.