On Wednesday, March 6, 2024, the Hearing Board of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission issued a report recommending that attorney Gregory Oltman be suspended for three years.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Gregory Oltman,” with case no. 2023PR00058.

The charges cited Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct 1.15(a), 1.15(d), 1.3, 1.4(a)(3), 1.4(a)(4), and 8.4(c).

The report stems from a seven-count complaint filed against Oltman by the Commission last September 7, 2023. The complaint alleges that Oltman engaged in serious misconduct while representing clients in several subrogation cases between 2013 and 2022.

Specifically, the complaint claims that Oltman misappropriated around $31,000 in settlement funds from three different clients by converting the money for his own personal or business use without authorization. He also allegedly failed to promptly deliver settlement funds owed to two of the clients.

The complaint further alleges that Oltman neglected four additional client matters by failing to pursue the cases diligently or appear at required court hearings. This neglect resulted in those four cases being dismissed for want of prosecution.

Through his actions, the complaint says Oltman violated Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct regarding maintaining client funds, diligently representing clients, keeping clients informed, and engaging in conduct involving dishonesty or fraud.

Oltman did not file an answer to dispute the complaint’s allegations. In November 2023, an order was issued deeming the allegations and charges against Oltman admitted based on his failure to respond.

At the disciplinary hearing in February 2024, the Administrator maintained its request in the complaint that Oltman be suspended for three years. In its report, the Hearing Board agreed with this request, citing the seriousness of Oltman’s misconduct over multiple client matters spanning several years.

The report noted that while Oltman has no prior discipline, factors such as the pattern of misconduct, failure to fully participate in the proceedings, misusing client funds during financial difficulties, and his experience as a lawyer at the time aggravated his actions.

Now, the Illinois Supreme Court will review the report and issue a final decision on the appropriate sanction for Oltman’s violations of his professional responsibilities in representing his former subrogation clients.

According to avvo.com, Mr. Oltman is a general practice attorney in Bloomington, Illinois. He acquired his law license in Illinois in 1986.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.