On Thursday, January 26, 2023, a complaint has been filed before the Hearing Board of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Board against attorney Mahdis Azimi for failure to act with reasonable diligence.

The case is entitled “In the matter of Mahdis Azimi” and was brought by the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission with case no. 2023PR00003.

The charges cited Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct 1.3 and 8.4(c) which state:

Failing to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client.

Engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.

The Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.

Allegedly. the respondent handled a client that aims to adjust his immigration status from a fiancee visa to a lawful permanent resident visa (Green Card). Thus, wanting to file an I-485 application. The Respondent was hired to file the said application and the parties agreed to a flat fee of $1,500 in exchange for representation in preparing and filing. After the said filing, the client needed to go back to India. However, the respondent stated that an I-131 application should be filed first in order for an applicant to leave the U.S. with an I-485 application pending before the USCIS.

The respondent and the client agreed to pay the former flat fee of $1,500 to file a humanitarian parole application and  $575 for the filing fee. However, the following month, the USCIS notified the client that her I-485 application had been deemed abandoned due to her departure from the United States without prior approval of her I-131 application. In short, the respondent failed to file the initial 1-485 application.

The filing states:

“Between September 22, 2021, and November 1, 2021, Linga requested periodically requested that Respondent provide him with a copy of the application for humanitarian parole that she filed.”

The filing continues:

On October 14, 2021, Respondent sent Linga a text message and stated:

“I’m on a call. I got your message – I am on a call right now. I’m sorry if you are frustrated but I have been ill and not 4 working as much in the office so when I go in today/tomorrow I will scan it in and send it to you. I appreciate your patience, just as I was patient with you.”

According to the complaint, the statements of the respondent that she made with the client were false. Thus, violating the Rules of Professional Conduct. Respondent knew at the time she made the representations that they were false. With this alleged fact, the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission requested before the Hearing Board that a hearing be conducted so the respondent may be sanctioned accordingly.

As of today, Ms. Azimi is listed as a solo practitioner of Azimi Law LLC. She attended the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, graduating in 2014. She practices in Chicago Illinois. She is licensed in Illinois with license #6320242. Her info can be found on Linkedin.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.