On Thursday, September 21, 2023, the Supreme Court of Illinois suspended attorney Douglas Gordon Iler from practicing law for 15 months following a reciprocal discipline petition filed by the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. The suspension was imposed after Iler was disciplined in California.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Douglas Gordon Iler,” with case no. 031839.
The petition stated that on April 5, 2023, the Supreme Court of California entered an order suspending Iler for three years, with the suspension stayed by a three-year period of probation, subject to conditions. The conditions include that Iler be suspended for a minimum of the first 15 months of the period of probation and until he provides proof to the State Bar Court of his rehabilitation and fitness to practice.
The California disciplinary case established that Iler violated certain terms and conditions attached to the California Supreme Court’s previous order of discipline. Specifically, Iler failed to submit four quarterly reports, failed to provide proof of his enrollment in an ethics class and passage of an ethics test, and failed to timely file an affidavit that complied with Rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court.
The petition also outlines Iler’s disciplinary history, including his prior discipline in California and Illinois. In 2019, the Supreme Court of California entered an order suspending Iler for two years, with the suspension stayed by a two-year period of probation, subject to conditions. In 2020, the Supreme Court of Illinois entered an order imposing reciprocal discipline on Iler and suspending him for one year until he is reinstated in California.
In summary, the petition for reciprocal discipline against Douglas Gordon Iler sought to impose discipline on Iler in Illinois based on his disciplinary history in California. The petition outlined Iler’s violations of the terms and conditions of his probation in California and the resulting suspension of his license to practice law in that state. The Administrator requested that the Supreme Court of Illinois impose reciprocal discipline on Iler, suspending him for 15 months. The Supreme Court of Illinois allowed the petition and imposed the requested discipline on Iler.
The Disposition states:
“Petition by the Administrator of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission to impose reciprocal discipline pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 763. Allowed. Respondent Douglas Gordon Iler, who has been disciplined in the State of California, is suspended from the practice of law in the State of Illinois for fifteen (15) months and until further order of the Court.”
According to avvo.com, Mr. Iler is a libel and slander attorney in Chino, California. He attended the Notre Dame Law School. He acquired his law license in Illinois in 2004.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.