BEFORE THE HEARING BOARD
ILLINOIS ATTORNEY REGISTRATION
In the Matter of:
Commission No. 07 CH 107
FILED - October 19, 2007
Jerome Larkin, Administrator of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, by his attorney, Gina M. Abbatemarco, pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 753(b), complains of Respondent Christian Lawrence Kline, who was licensed to practice law in Illinois on November 7, 1996, and alleges that Respondent has engaged in the following conduct which tends to defeat the administration of justice or to bring the courts or the legal profession into disrepute:
1. On or about December 12, 2005, Respondent signed an agreement with Ajilon Legal ("Ajilon"), a legal services temporary agency, to perform legal services on a temporary basis for Ajilon's client, the law firm of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw ("Mayer Brown").
2. Respondent and Ajilon agreed that Respondent would be paid $35 per hour for his work, that Respondent would submit weekly time sheets to Ajilon reporting the hours worked each day and that he would not be paid for breaks and lunch periods.
3. On or about December 12, 2005, Respondent began a month-long document review project at Mayer Brown. Respondent's duties included conducting an on-line review of documents on the firm's computer system and assigning a category to the document (i.e., responsive, non-responsive, privileged) for discovery purposes. Respondent was required to log into the computer system to work on the documents and log out when he concluded his work for the day. Respondent was to perform all document review work on the project on Mayer Brown's computer system.
4. Between December 13, 2005 and December 31, 2005, Respondent worked approximately 51 hours and 45 minutes on the Mayer Brown document review project.
5. Between December 13, 2005 and December 31, 2005, Respondent submitted written time sheets to Ajilon representing the number of hours he worked during that time on the Mayer Brown project. On those sheets, Respondent represented that he worked 14 days, for a total of 135 hours. Respondent expected that Ajilon would base his compensation on the amount of time he claimed to have worked and that Ajilon would charge Mayer Brown for his services based on those claims.
6. Respondent's representations on the time sheets described in paragraph 5 above were false because he had only worked 51 hours and 45 minutes on the Mayer Brown document review project. Respondent knew that his statements on the time sheets he submitted were false.
7. Between December 13, 2005 and December 31, 2005, Ajilon paid Respondent $4,725 for his work during that time period based on Respondent's representations of the hours he worked on the time sheets. Respondent's representations to Ajilon resulted in him receiving an additional $2,913.75 for time he did not work between December 13, 2005 and December 31, 2005.
8. By reason of the conduct outlined above, Respondent has engaged in the following misconduct:
engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation in violation of Rule 8.4(a)(4) of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct;
conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice, in violation of Rule 8.4(a)(5) of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct; and
conduct which is prejudicial to the administration of justice or which tends to defeat the administration of justice or to bring the courts or the legal profession into disrepute in violation of Supreme Court Rule 770.
WHEREFORE, the Administrator respectfully requests that this matter be assigned to a panel of the Hearing Board, that a hearing be held pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 753, and that the panel make findings of fact, conclusions of fact and law, and a recommendation for such discipline as is warranted.
|Gina M. Abbatemarco
Counsel for Administrator
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