On January 17, 2024, the Supreme Court of Illinois issued an order suspending Naperville attorney Terry L. Gaca from practicing law for one year. This came after the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) had recommended the suspension in October 2023 due to ethical violations committed by Gaca.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Terry L. Gaca,” with case no. 2023PR00019.
The ARDC had filed a formal complaint against Gaca in April 2023 related to incidents occurring in 2019 and 2021. The complaint alleged Gaca made false statements in court filings, pleaded guilty to criminal contempt charges in two county courts, and engaged in the unauthorized practice of law after changing his license status to retired.
Specifically, the ARDC said Gaca submitted a false affidavit in a motion to dismiss a neighbor’s 2019 zoning violation lawsuit against him and his wife regarding a property they owned. In 2020, Gaca also provided inaccurate information in an interlocutory appeal associated with the case. As a result, he pleaded guilty to two counts of indirect criminal contempt that May.
Separately, after retiring from his law license in January 2021, Gaca went on to file two frivolous slander of title lawsuits purportedly on behalf of a trust in May and July 2021. One court sanctioned him for this misconduct and found him in contempt on three additional criminal counts last December.
The ARDC complaint charged Gaca with violating ethics rules against dishonesty, frivolous filings, the unauthorized practice of law, and conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice. When Gaca did not respond to the complaint, its factual assertions were deemed admitted.
On October 6th, the ARDC recommended a one-year suspension of Gaca’s license based on the multi-year pattern of disregard for the judicial system.
In its January 17th order, the Supreme Court accepted the ARDC’s recommendation. As a result, Gaca has been suspended from practicing law for one year, starting from February 7, 2024. Additionally, Gaca is required to reimburse the Client Protection Program Trust Fund for any payments made due to his misconduct before the suspension period ends.
According to avvo.com, Mr. Gaca is an attorney in Naperville, Illinois. He acquired his law license in Illinois in 1987.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.