On Tuesday, September 21, 2023, the Supreme Court of Illinois denied a petition for reinstatement filed by Anthony Campion Campanale.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Anthony Campion Campanale.”
On June 14, 2023, the Hearing Board of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission recommended denying the petition for reinstatement of Campanale’s attorney license. Campanale had previously been disbarred by consent after facilitating a mortgage fraud scheme. He pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud affecting a financial institution and was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment, followed by one year of supervised release, and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $3,486,940 to the victim lenders.
During the reinstatement hearing, the Hearing Board evaluated Campanale’s case but concluded that he failed to provide sufficient evidence to support his reinstatement. The board raised concerns about Campanale’s inability to demonstrate the outstanding balance of restitution and his failure to present a concrete plan regarding his return to the practice of law if reinstated.
The report and recommendation state that Campanale knew that the payments to buyers were not given to them as part owners of the LLCs selling the properties, but rather to help fund their purchase of the properties, and were not disclosed to the lenders financing mortgage loans to the buyers. The Hearing Board concluded that Campanale’s actions raised concerns about his fitness to practice law, and therefore recommended denying his petition for reinstatement.
In its decision, the Supreme Court approved the recommendation, denying Campanale’s petition for reinstatement to the roll of attorneys licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois.
The Disposition states:
“Motion by the Administrator of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission to approve and confirm the report and recommendation of the Hearing Board. Allowed. The petition by Anthony Campion Campanale for reinstatement to the roll of attorneys licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 767. Denied.”
According to avvo.com, Mr. Campanale practiced in Chicago, Illinois prior to his disbarment. He acquired his law license in Illinois in 1980.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.