On Thursday, November 16, 2023, the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission filed a complaint against Chicago attorney Leroy Ekechukwu for his actions while representing a client in a post-divorce child support case.

The case is titled ‘In the Matter of Leroy U. Ekechukwu’ with commission no. 2023PR00068.

The cited misconduct involves Attorney Ekechukwu’s violations of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct, specifically, Rules 1.3, 1.4, 4.1, 8.4(c), 8.4(d), 1.8(h)(2) and 8.4(a).

The Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.

According to records of the case, Attorney Ekechukwu was retained in October 2020 by Karlas R. to represent him regarding issues with child support payments and insurance obligations arising from his 2016 divorce decree. However, after filing an appearance and motion to vacate certain support orders, Attorney Ekechukwu took no other meaningful action on the case until Karlas got sick and had to retire. As a result, Karlas failed to comply with court orders relating to his post-judgment obligations which ultimately resulted in the garnishment of Karlas’ pension checks.

Between October 2020 and September 2021, Attorney Ekechukwu repeatedly lied to his client Karlas and Karlas’ wife Margarita about the purported progress of the case. He falsely claimed to be working to reschedule court dates, communicate with judges, and get pension garnishments lifted, when he had done nothing. Ekechukwu also falsely submitted purported court orders to the pension board to stop the garnishments.

In November 2021, Attorney Ekechukwu acknowledged to Karlas and Margarita that he had not actually done any legal work on the case after the initial filing. He attempted to settle potential malpractice claims by offering payments and casework but failed to advise them to consult independent counsel. Karlas and Margarita agreed to Ekechukwu’s terms, but he did not fulfill the commitments outside of refunding the initial retainer.

Based on Attorney Ekechukwu’s conduct, the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission found that he had engaged in misconduct involving lack of diligence, failure to keep a client informed, misrepresentations to a client, and attempting to settle a malpractice claim. Accordingly, the Commission referred the matter to its Hearing Board.

The charge reads:

“WHEREFORE, the Administrator requests that this matter be referred to a panel of the Hearing Board of the Commission, that a hearing be conducted, and that the Hearing Panel make findings of fact, conclusions of fact and law, and a recommendation for such discipline is warranted.”

According to Avvo, Attorney Leroy A. Ekechukwu is a lawyer based in Chicago, Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois College of Law. He acquired his license in Chicago in 2016.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.