On Wednesday, February 14, 2024, the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission recommended that attorney Eddy Copot receive a six-month suspension from practicing law for falsifying internal emails.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Eddy Copot,” with case no. 2022PR00036.

The report stems from a complaint filed against Copot in April 2022, alleging he engaged in dishonest conduct while employed as a claims counsel at Stewart Title Guaranty Company from April 2017 to October 2018. Specifically, the Administrator charged that Copot falsified internal emails to make it appear as though they came from his supervisor, Kelly Rickenbach, when she did not actually send them. This involved emails related to the denial of three title insurance claims.

The hearing on the matter took place over four days in May and July 2023. The Hearing Board heard testimony from Rickenbach, her supervisor Scott McBee, Stewart’s Chief Information Security Officer Genady Vishnevetsky, and Copot himself. Rickenbach and McBee testified that in October 2018, Rickenbach discovered emails in three claim files approving claim denials that she did not actually send. Upon investigating further, she determined the emails contained altered metadata and did not match her email records. Vishnevetsky confirmed through examination of the metadata that the emails showing supervisor approval had been altered.

Copot denied falsifying any emails and suggested Stewart fabricated the allegations in retaliation for a human resources complaint he had made. However, the Hearing Board found the testimony of the Administrator’s witnesses to be more credible and supported by documentation. It concluded clear and convincing evidence showed Copot engaged in dishonest conduct by altering emails to mislead his employer.

In determining the appropriate sanction, the board considered Copot’s lack of prior discipline and positive testimony from his subsequent employer. However, it also noted accusations Copot made against opposing counsel during the proceedings were inappropriate. Citing past cases involving similar misconduct, the board recommended a six-month suspension.

The recommendation states:

“Based upon Respondent’s misconduct, combined with the mitigating and aggravating factors, we recommend that Respondent be suspended for six months.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Copot is a real estate attorney in Chicago, Illinois. He attended the John Marshall Law School, in Chicago, graduating in 2013. He acquired his law license in Illinois in the same year.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.