The Supreme Court of Illinois has announced the filing of lawyer disciplinary orders entered during the May Term 2013. Sanctions were imposed because the lawyers engaged in professional misconduct by violating state ethics law.
The attached list contains the name of each disciplined lawyer, the address at which the lawyer last practiced, and a brief summary of the misconduct that led to the sanction. The announcement of the orders may be reviewed at the Supreme Court of Illinois website: www.state.il.us/court. Unless otherwise noted, the mandate of discipline issued immediately.
- Gregg William Bittner, Peoria
Mr. Bittner, who was licensed in Illinois in 1986, was disbarred. He converted bankruptcy costs, failed to refund an unearned fee, filed false bankruptcy pleadings, and neglected a matter and then misled his client about the status of the matter. He also engaged in a conflict of interest when he represented a married couple in a joint bankruptcy proceeding while, at the same time, he represented the wife in the couple’s dissolution of marriage proceeding. Finally, he failed to properly comply with the terms of a suspension in a prior disciplinary case.
- Steven A. Brenner, Greenacres, Fla.
Mr. Brenner, who was licensed in 1991, was disbarred. He neglected six different client matters, failed to refund unearned fees, and made false statements to a client. He also failed to properly comply with the terms of a suspension in a prior disciplinary case.
- Stephen Bruce Evans, St. Louis
Mr. Evans, who was licensed in 1992, was disbarred and ordered to pay certain restitution He misappropriated at least $97,000 in client funds from his trust and operating accounts, forged two of his clients’ names on settlement checks, and either failed to respond to client inquiries or responded to the inquiries with false information. He was suspended on an interim basis on October 30, 2012.
- Michael Edward Fezekas, Lemont
Mr. Fezekas, who was licensed in 1978, was disbarred on consent. He pled guilty to one count of felony aggravated child pornography. He was suspended on an interim basis on February 6, 2012.