On Tuesday, March 19, 2024, the Supreme Court of Illinois suspended attorney McStephen Olusegun Adewale Solomon from practicing law for one year with the suspension stayed after five months by a one-year period of probation.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of McStephen Olusegun Adewale Solomon,” with case no. 032041.

The case against Solomon stemmed from complaints of misconduct filed with the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) regarding his representation of a former client, Edith Raices. According to the Review Board report, Solomon was accused of neglecting Raices’ mortgage foreclosure case between 2013-2018 by failing to appear in court, file any motions or responses, and failing to keep Raices informed about the status of her case. As a result, a deficiency judgment of over $300,000 was entered against Raices without her knowledge.

Solomon was also accused of converting $12,400 of rental payments belonging to Raices that were being held in his client trust account. Between 2014-2018, Solomon made withdrawals from the trust account for his own personal use without Raices’ authorization. At the disciplinary hearing, Solomon admitted to using the funds but claimed he was entitled to them, but the Hearing Board rejected this defense.

In its ruling, the court agreed with the Review Board that Solomon should be suspended for one year, with the suspension stayed after five months by a one-year probation period.

As part of his probation, Solomon must comply with various conditions aimed at improving his legal practice, including maintaining proper client trust account records and submitting to an independent audit. He is also required to be supervised by another licensed attorney acceptable to the ARDC Administrator. If Solomon violates any term of his probation, the suspension will be reinstated and remain in effect until further court order. However, if he successfully completes probation, it will terminate without requiring any additional court action.

According to avvo.com, Mr. Solomon is a family attorney. He acquired his law license in Illinois in 2012.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.