On Friday, January 26, 2024, the Wisconsin Supreme Court revoked the law license of Attorney John O. Ifediora due to multiple counts of professional misconduct related to his representation of a client.

The case is entitled “Office of the Lawyer Regulation v. John O. Ifediora,” with case no. 2022AP41-D.

The misconduct stemmed from Attorney Ifediora’s representation of his first cousin, identified as O.A., beginning in October 2014. Attorney Ifediora advised O.A. to invest over $550,000 in a startup pharmaceutical company called U.S. Foods and Pharmaceuticals (USFP) with the goal of obtaining permanent U.S. residency through an EB-5 immigrant investor program. However, between October 2014 and May 2018, he mishandled significant portions of client funds provided to him by O.A.

Specifically, Attorney Ifediora failed to properly hold in trust a $50,000 processing fee received from O.A. in October 2014 as required. He also did not notify the third party intended to receive the fee of its receipt and failed to provide an accounting of the funds after distributing them. It was determined he had converted the full $50,000 for his personal use. Similarly, Attorney Ifediora improperly handled $200,000 received from USFP in November 2014 meant for O.A.’s investment and another $6,000 in interest payments received in May 2018, spending the money for his own benefit rather than accurately accounting for it on behalf of his client.

Additionally, the Court noted Attorney Ifediora actively provided legal representation and advice to O.A. regarding his application filed in November 2017 and subsequent denial by USCIS in January 2018 – even when his Wisconsin law license had been administratively suspended in 2016. This led the Referee to conclude Attorney Ifediora violated rules regarding the unauthorized practice of law. As a result of these findings and Attorney Ifediora’s failure to properly handle hundreds of thousands of dollars in client funds between 2014 and 2018, the Supreme Court ultimately revoked his license.

The Disposition states:

“IT IS ORDERED that the license of John O. Ifediora to practice law in Wisconsin is revoked, effective the date of this order.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Ifeodiora acquired his law license in Wisconsin in 2003.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.