On Wednesday, January 17, 2024, the Supreme Court of Illinois entered an order suspending attorney Gabriel Paul Casey from practicing law for one year.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Gabriel Paul Casey,” with case no. 2022PR00071.

The said order approves and confirms the earlier recommendation from the Hearing Board of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. The disciplinary case against Casey stemmed from a letter he sent to an opposing party in a civil case. In August 2023, the Hearing Board found that Casey violated rules of professional conduct through this letter. Specifically, the letter claimed Casey had spoken to a law enforcement official who expressed interest in criminally prosecuting the opposing party. However, testimony showed this was not accurate, as Casey had not conveyed case details and the official was not interested in charges.

By using the threat of criminal prosecution for leverage in a civil dispute, the Hearing Board determined Casey engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation. His letter also raised questions about its truthfulness. Further aggravating factors included Casey’s lack of cooperation in disciplinary proceedings and failure to acknowledge wrongdoing. He did not adequately respond to discovery requests or attend the disciplinary hearing in August 2023.

Taking these circumstances into account, along with Casey’s over a decade of legal experience, the Hearing Board recommended a one-year suspension last August. The Supreme Court’s January 17th order approves this sanction, finding it necessary to protect the public and maintain integrity and fairness in the legal profession. Gabriel Paul Casey is now suspended from practicing law in Illinois until January 2025, at which point he can petition the Supreme Court for reinstatement.

The Disposition states:

“Motion by the Administrator of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission to approve and confirm the report and recommendation of the Hearing Board. Allowed. Respondent Gabriel Paul Casey is suspended from the practice of law for one (1 ) year and until further order of the Court.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Casey is a consumer protection attorney in Peoria, Illinois. He attended the Northern Illinois University College of Law, graduating in 2011. He acquired his law license in Illinois in the same year.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.