On Monday, December 4, 2023, Ilan Borochov, a litigation associate at a Dallas law firm, was charged by the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) with misconduct stemming from a 2021 animal cruelty incident.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Ilan Borochov,” with case no. 2023PR00072.

The charges cited Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct 8.4(b), 8.1(a)(b) and llinois Supreme Court Rule 708(e) which states:

Committed a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects.

Knowingly making a false statement of material fact on his admission to the Illinois Bar.

Failing to disclose a fact necessary to correct a misapprehension known by the person to have arisen in the matter.

The Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.

According to the complaint, on February 10, 2021, Borochov was seen near his Irving, Texas residence holding up, berating and repeatedly hitting his female Rottweiler mix dog named Luna about the head. It further alleges he then threw the dog into a fence and kicked her. Several witnesses reported the incident to local police.

The Irving Police Department and other authorities launched an investigation that included obtaining a search warrant for Borochov’s home. His two dogs were removed from the residence following the execution of the warrant.

In March 2021, Borochov was arrested and criminally charged in Dallas County with a felony violation of the Texas cruelty to non-livestock animals statute based on the alleged February 10 incident. Under the statute, intentionally or knowingly injuring an animal in a cruel manner can constitute a third-degree felony.

On November 29, 2022, Borochov accepted a plea agreement in the criminal case whereby he pled no contest to recklessly injuring Luna as a lesser included misdemeanor offense. As part of the deal, he received two years of deferred community supervision along with standard conditions and an order to complete a responsible pet owner class. He is also prohibited from owning pets during his supervision period.

The ARDC complaint, filed yesterday, alleges Borochov’s actions constitute criminal conduct that reflects adversely on his fitness as a lawyer, in violation of Illinois’ professional conduct rules.

It further claims Borochov failed to supplement his January 2020 application for admission to the Illinois Bar to disclose the March 2021 arrest and felony charge, as required. Borochov was admitted to the Illinois Bar on June 15, 2021, without advising authorities there of the criminal case pending in Texas.

If proven, the alleged conduct could subject Borochov to discipline under Illinois Supreme Court rules governing attorney misconduct. A panel of the ARDC Hearing Board will now consider the complaint and make findings of fact before recommending appropriate discipline, if any, to the Illinois Supreme Court.

The complaint states:

“WHEREFORE, the Administrator requests that this matter be assigned to a panel of the Hearing Board, that the panel make findings of fact, and law, and a recommendation for such discipline as is warranted.”

At the time of writing, Mr. Borochov is listed as an associate at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP. He attended the Georgetown University Law Center, graduating in 2019.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.