On Thursday, September 21, 2023, the Supreme Court of Illinois issued a disciplinary order against Isaiah Skip Gant, an attorney licensed to practice law in Illinois and Tennessee. The order was based on a petition filed by the Administrator of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) seeking reciprocal discipline. Gant had been disciplined in Tennessee for violating rules of professional conduct. The Illinois Supreme Court found that Gant had engaged in misconduct and censured him in the state.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Isaiah Skip Gant,” with case no. 031848.
On October 6, 2022, the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee, Disciplinary District V, issued a public censure against Attorney Isaiah Skip Gant. The censure was issued after Gant revealed confidential client information to other persons, failed to inform his client that he had revealed the information, engaged in a conflict of interest, and failed to report another attorney’s misconduct.
The Tennessee disciplinary proceedings against Gant began on September 9, 2022, when the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee, Disciplinary District V, held a meeting to consider Gant’s conduct. The board found that Gant had violated several Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct, including Rule 1.4, which requires an attorney to reasonably communicate with a client, by failing to inform his client of his communications with Housler’s attorneys and the presiding judge. Gant also violated Rule 1.6, which requires a lawyer not to reveal information relating to the representation of a client, by revealing confidential information relating to his client to Housler’s attorneys and the presiding judge.
Gant also violated the requirement that an attorney should not engage in a conflict of personal interest, by continuing to represent his client after revealing confidential information to Housler’s attorneys and the presiding judge. Additionally, Gant violated the rule that requires a lawyer not to communicate ex parte with a judge, by having an ex parte meeting with the judge presiding over his client’s then-pending motion for a new trial.
Following Gant’s disciplinary action in Tennessee, the Administrator of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission in Illinois petitioned the Supreme Court to impose reciprocal discipline on Gant, pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 763. The rule provides that if an attorney licensed to practice law in Illinois and another jurisdiction is disciplined in the other jurisdiction, the attorney may be subjected to the same or comparable discipline in Illinois, upon proof of the order of the other jurisdiction imposing discipline.
In response, the Supreme Court of Illinois issued a disciplinary order imposing reciprocal discipline on Gant.
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 Isaiah Skip Gant, who has been disciplined in the State of Tennessee, is censured in the State of Illinois.”
According to avvo.com, Mr. Gant is a civil rights attorney in Hendersonville, Tennessee. He acquired his law license in Illinois in 1975.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.