Joel Brodsky, the former attorney for wife killer Drew Peterson who now is representing Chicago Officer Robert Rialmo in a high-profile police shooting case, is the subject of a complaint before a state regulatory agency over his work in three cases, including a routine lemon-law proceeding for which he already has been sanctioned by a federal judge.
The Aug. 21 complaint, filed by the administrator of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, requests a hearing to determine whether Brodsky should be disciplined for alleged unprofessional behavior that includes “false allegations and inappropriate diatribes.” The complaint accuses Brodsky of “using means that have no substantial purpose other than to embarrass, delay or burden a third person.”
Brodsky’s behavior in one of the cases cited in the complaint resulted earlier this year in a $50,000 fine levied by U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall, who also ordered Brodsky to undergo anger management training. He planned to appeal the fine, which his attorney at the time said might have been the largest in Chicago federal court history payable to the District Court itself.
Brodsky referred a call requesting comment to his attorney, who could not immediately be reached.
An often controversial attorney, Brodsky represents Chicago police Officer Robert Rialmo, who faces possible firing for fatally shooting a bat-wielding teen and a bystander while on duty in December 2015.
The 22-page filing to the disciplinary commission details three cases involving reported misconduct and includes a number of excerpts from emails allegedly sent by Brodsky to rival attorneys. “How do you even call yourself a lawyer? You are an embarrassment to the profession,” reads a March 29, 2017, email from Brodsky, according to the filing.
In other emails, Brodsky allegedly described a parent in a co-parenting case as “very mentally sick” and in need of “serious help.” The complaint says he sent those emails to the couple involved, opposing counsel and “various personnel” in two school districts where the couple’s child might have attended school.
The ARDC’s disciplinary measures can include revocation of an attorney’s law license.
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