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Attorney Mark Chael of Munster, IN; ethically deprived

 
The state of Illinois presented Mark L. Chael with a law license in 2002.
 
The Disciplinary Commission found Mark guilty of the following misconduct.
  1. Engaged in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice
  2. Engaged in conduct tending to bring the legal profession into disrepute
  3. Engaged in conduct adversely reflecting on fitness to practice law
  4. Attempted to charge clearly excessive fees
  5. Fabricated sham attorney fee claims
Over a two month period of time, Mark recorded more than 260 hours at $330 an hour for a total of $86,000 in claims for attorney fees while working at a local law firm.  
During several meetings with the law firm’s comptroller, its administrator, and two partners, Mark made false statements to them as to the 260 hours of time he claimed to have worked. As a result of his conduct, one client was actually billed 135 hours at $44,500; however, before the client paid the bill the firm discovered Mark’s fraudulent conduct and alerted the client about the matter.
 
As a consequence of his misconduct, the Patron Saints for Attorney Misfits sitting on the Illinois Supreme Court punished Mark by gifting him with a complimentary censure. .
 
As we speak (ca. September 2012) Mark practices at 1630 Oakwood Court in Munster, Indiana, which is about 30 miles south of Chicago.
 
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