On Tuesday, September 19, 2023, the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (IARDC) issued a report and recommendation concerning attorney Peter George Limperis’ alleged misconduct. The report outlined the charges against Limperis and the recommended sanction.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Peter George Limperis,” with case no. 2022PR00003.
The case began in 2012 when Limperis represented a client, Marta Glod, in a foreclosure case. According to the filing, Limperis failed to reduce the terms of their agreement to writing and obtain his client’s written consent, violating Rule 1.8(a) of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct.
Limperis and Glod allegedly had a personal relationship that began in 2012 and ended in early 2015. In 2015, Limperis had agreed to purchase Glod’s house, which was in foreclosure, and rent it back to her or quitclaim it to her so she could remain in the house. They agreed that Glod would pay the mortgage, and Limperis promised to make sure she didn’t lose the house. However, Limperis failed to prepare a written document outlining the terms of their agreement, which violated Rule 1.8(a) of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct.
Limperis attempted to purchase the house at a discounted price and withdrew from the deal when he could not do so. He then submitted a real estate contract to PNC Bank offering to purchase Glod’s house for a deeply discounted price. In the contract, Limperis falsely represented that another attorney, Peter Papoutsis, was the purchaser and signed Papoutsis’s name to the contract without his knowledge or consent, violating the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct.
The bank turned down the contract because the amount offered had been too low. Limperis then submitted another real estate contract in his own name, offering a higher price. The bank accepted the offer, but Limperis withdrew from the deal. Limperis filed an attorney’s lien on Glod’s house, claiming that Glod owed him $65,000 in legal fees, even though he had not intended to collect any attorney’s fees from Glod.
The Administrator brought a two-count complaint against Limperis, charging him with entering into a business transaction with a client without complying with all the required safeguards knowingly making a false statement, and engaging in dishonest conduct. The Hearing Board found Limperis committed the charged misconduct and recommended a two-year suspension. Limperis cross-appealed, asking the Board to recommend a one-year suspension.
The Board found that Limperis’s actions had been serious violations of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct and warranted a two-year suspension. The Board emphasized that Limperis’s behavior had been deceitful and misleading, and had damaged the reputation of the legal profession as a whole.
The recommendation states:
“Accordingly, we recommend that Respondent be suspended for two years until Respondent completes the ARI)C Professionalism Seminar. We believe that the recommended sanction serves the goals of attorney discipline by acting as a deterrent to Respondent and other attorneys, thereby protecting the public and that it will help to preserve public confidence in the legal profession.”
According to avvo.com, Mr. Limperis is a family attorney in Burbank, Illinois. He acquired his law license in 1990.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.