On Tuesday, January 23, 2024, the Supreme Court of Illinois suspended attorney Vishal K. Chhabria from practicing law. According to records from the Court, Chhabria had been facing allegations of criminal misconduct related to marriage fraud.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Vishal K. Chhabria,” with M.R. 032010.
On December 5, 2023, the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission filed a Petition for Interim Suspension against Chhabria. The Petition outlined that Chhabria had been charged in 2022 with one count of conspiracy to commit marriage fraud in federal court in New York. As part of a plea agreement, Chhabria admitted assisting couples in entering into fraudulent marriages so the foreign nationals could obtain permanent resident status. He helped the couples create false documents, coached them to lie to immigration officials, and accompanied them to interviews.
Chhabria’s actions constitute conspiracy from 2018 to 2022. He faced up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. While awaiting sentencing, currently scheduled for March 2024, the ARDC filed to suspend his law license on an interim basis.
The Petition argued Chhabria’s crime involved moral turpitude and reflected negatively on his fitness to practice law. It cited past suspension cases for similar fraudulent conduct. On December 13, 2023, the Court issued an order for Chhabria to show cause why he should not be suspended.
In its January 23, 2024 order, the Court enforced the interim suspension against Chhabria effective immediately. He will remain suspended until the Court issues a further order.
The Disposition states:
“The rule to show cause that issued to respondent Vishal Kamal Chhuabria pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 774 on December 13, 2023, is enforced. Respondent is suspended from the practice of law effective immediately and until further order of the Court.”
According to avvo.com, Mr. Chhabria is an immigration attorney in Schaumburg, Illinois. He attended the John Marshall Law School, in Chicago, graduating in 2013. He acquired his law license in Illinois in the same year.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.