In re Krasner.docx - 32 Ill 2d 121(1965 204 N.E.2d 10 In re DAVID P KRASNER Attorney Respondent No 38783 Supreme Court of Illinois Opinion filed*122 J.R

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32 Ill. 2d 121 (1965) 204 N.E.2d 10 In re DAVID P. KRASNER, Attorney, Respondent. No. 38783. Supreme Court of Illinois. Opinion filed January 21, 1965. *122 J.R. CHRISTIANSON, of Chicago, amicus curiae. HARRY J. BUSCH and JACOB SHAMBERG, of Chicago, for respondent. Respondent suspended. *123 Mr. JUSTICE DAILY delivered the opinion of the court: The Board of Managers and Committee on Grievances of the Chicago Bar Association, as commissioners of this court under Rule 59, have filed a report recommending that respondent be suspended from the practice of law for a period of five years on the basis of findings that he had unethically engaged in conduct which constituted a division of fees with laymen and the employment of solicitors to procure law business. Respondent, a 50-year-old practitioner who was admitted to the bar of this State in 1938, has filed exceptions to the report contending there is no evidence to support such findings. The disciplinary proceeding was an outgrowth of an indictment returned to a Federal district court wherein a man named David E. Vogele was charged with evasion of income tax. He pleaded guilty, and at a hearing on the matter of his punishment it came to light that he was a professional "ambulance chaser" and that the source of his unreported income had been payments from some twenty lawyers, of whom respondent was one. The trial judge, by a letter of February 20, 1963, brought the matter to the attention of the Chicago Bar Association and as a consequence an inquiry was made and a complaint filed against respondent. At the hearing which followed, the evidence on behalf of the complainant association consisted only of the testimony of respondent and his partner, and certain ledger sheets and cancelled checks of the partnership. For the respondent, two judges, numerous attorneys and a businessman testified to his good character and reputation and to his professional integrity. Since, as we have said, the complainant's proof rested almost entirely upon the testimony of respondent and his partner, there is no dispute as to the facts and what follows is largely a summation of their statements at the hearings. During the years 1957, 1958 and 1959, respondent, in partnership with his brother-in-law, engaged in a general practice *124 and handled personal injury work. And while the charges of his professional misconduct center principally around his dealings with Vogele, respondent testified that he had known a man named Paul Skidmore prior to meeting Vogele, that Skidmore "might have recommended a case or two," and that he, respondent, remembered a few "isolated instances" in which he had paid Skidmore "gratuities" for the cases referred. At another point in his testimony, respondent gave a less positive answer, and stated that he "may have" given Skidmore a check, considered by the witness to be a "gratuity." To avoid future repetition, it may be stated respondent repeatedly testified he considered that all payments made to Skidmore, Vogele and others who had referred business to him, were voluntary gratuities, or gifts, and expressly denied that they were investigational fees or commissions paid pursuant to agreement.
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