On Thursday, August 31, 2023, the Hearing Board of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission recommended the suspension of attorney Gabriel Paul Casey due to misconduct in a civil case.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Gabriel Paul Casey,” and was brought by the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission with case no. 2022PR00071.

A complaint was filed by the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission in Illinois against attorney Casey, accusing him of violating several rules of professional conduct. The complaint alleged that Casey had engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation.

The complaint centered around a letter sent by Casey to an opposing party, in which he had claimed to have spoken to a law enforcement official who was interested in prosecuting the case. These statements were found to be false, as Casey had not conveyed the details of the alleged crimes to the official, and the official had not expressed interest in prosecuting. According to the case details, Casey had sent a letter to the opposing party, suggesting that if they did not settle the civil case, criminal charges would be pursued. The letter also contained statements that raised questions about its accuracy and truthfulness.

The letter stated, in pertinent part:

“Should you be unwilling to settle your actions with Jacob under this demand, He [sic] will immediately report to the most apt law enforcement agency for reporting and prosecution of the crimes you have committed, in addition to civil litigation instituted by my firm. We have several other family members with direct knowledge of your actions who will also join him in the police report. I have already spoken to Julie’s former employer, Stuart [sic] Umholtz, concerning this claim and he is interested in prosecuting. The fact that he is running for a judge at this very moment is evidence that he will have no choice but to prosecute you both to the fullest extent of the law or risk his election as an elected official who will let his employees and associates commit crimes without prosecution.”

Stewart Umholtz, a legal professional involved in the case, became concerned upon receiving the letter. He believed that Casey was attempting to use the threat of criminal prosecution as leverage in the civil dispute. Umholtz considered this a violation of professional conduct rules and was troubled by the apparent inaccuracies in the letter. Umholtz, who was not interested in pursuing criminal charges, testified that Casey’s statements did not accurately reflect their discussion about the case. This prompted further investigation into Casey’s actions.

In a subsequent hearing, Casey’s lack of cooperation and failure to acknowledge wrongdoing were noted. Casey, who had been licensed to practice law for over a decade, did not adequately participate in the disciplinary proceedings. This included failing to respond to legitimate discovery requests and ultimately not appearing for the disciplinary hearing. Casey’s behavior during these proceedings raised concerns about their understanding of and willingness to adhere to ethical obligations. This led the Hearing Board to recommend a one-year suspension, due to Casey’s lack of remorse and recognition of misconduct.

The recommendation states:

“Having considered the applicable precedent, the nature of the misconduct, and the substantial aggravation and minimal mitigation, we recommend that Respondent be suspended for one year until further order of the Court. We find that such a sanction is necessary in order to protect the public, maintain the integrity of the legal profession, and protect the administration of justice from reproach.”

Mr. Casey runs his own law firm the Casey Law Office, LLC. He attended the Northern Illinois University College of Law, graduating in 2011. He practices in Peoria, Illinois. He is licensed in Illinois. His info can be found on avvo.com.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.