On Tuesday, September 6, 2022, the Administrator of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission filed charges for attorney discipline against Peoria attorney Gabriel Paul Casey alleging conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation, making a false statement of fact to a third person and threatening to present criminal charges to obtain an advantage in a civil matter.

The case, titled In the Matter of Gabriel Paul Casey, is being heard by the Hearing Board of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. Case #2022PR00071.

The charges cite Rule 8.4(c), 4.1(a), and 8.4(g) of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct, which states:

It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.

A lawyer shall not knowingly make a false statement of material fact or law to a third person.

It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to violate or attempt to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct, knowingly assist or induce another to do so, or do so through the acts of another.

According to the Complaint:

“On February 8, 2022, Jacob Goodbred hired Respondent to provide legal services in connection with settlement and litigation against Jeff and Julie Barbee for elder/disabled abuse of Goodbred’s great aunt, Marilyn Worlow. Goodbred agreed to pay Respondent 10% of any settlement or 33 1/3% of any trial court litigation (excluding real property Goodbred had already received from Worlow’s estate).

Respondent prepared a letter and sent it to the Barbees on April 4, 2022, informing the latter that he will be representing Goodbred  against them for their actions against the property and real estate of Worlow.

The letter alleged that the Barbees had engaged in financial exploitation of Worlow, an elderly person or a person with disabilities, in violation of the Financial Exploitation Act, 720 ILCS  17-56, et seq.(“Act”), asserted that they would be both criminally charged under the Act and would face a civil suit arising from their alleged violation of the Act.”

The letter sent by the Respondent to the Barbees, read in pertinent part:

Should you be unwilling to settle your actions with Jacob under this demand, He [sic] will immediately report to the most apt law enforcement agency for reporting and prosecution of the crimes you have committed, in addition to civil litigation instituted by my firm. We have several other family members with direct knowledge of your actions that will also join him in the police report. I have already spoken to Julie’s former employer, Stuart [sic] Umholtz, concerning this claim and he is interested in prosecuting. The fact that he is running for judge at this very moment is evidence that he will have no choice but to prosecute you both to the fullest extent of the law or risk his election as an elected official who will let his employees and associates commit crimes without prosecution.

According to the Administrator, Respondent’s statements regarding Goodbred making a report to a law enforcement agency regarding the Barbees’ alleged crimes and pursuing criminal prosecution unless they settled Goodbred’s claim; Respondent having spoken with Tazewell County State’s Attorney Stewart Umholtz(“Umholtz”)concerning “this claim” and that Umholtz was “interested in prosecuting”; and Respondent’s statement that he had spoken with Umholtz concerning “the claim” and that Umholtz was “interested in prosecuting,” were all false and in violations of  Rule 8.4(g), Rule 4.1(a) and Rule 8.4(g)  of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct (2010).

The Administrator of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission requests “that the Hearing Board of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission respectfully requests that this matter be assigned to a panel of the Hearing Board, that a hearing be held, and that the panel make findings of fact, conclusions of fact and law, and a recommendation for such discipline as is warranted.”

As of today, Mr. Casey is listed on the website of Casey Law Office, LLC,  as a practicing attorney. He attended Northern Illinois University, graduating cum laude in 2011. Casey practices in Peoria, Illinois. He is licensed in Illinois.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.