BEFORE THE HEARING BOARD
OF THE
ILLINOIS ATTORNEY REGISTRATION
AND
DISCIPLINARY COMMISSION

In the Matter of:

DORIS KATHERINE NAGEL,

Attorney-Respondent, 

No.  6199597.

 

Commission No.  08 CH 42

FILED -  May 21, 2008

COMPLAINT

Jerome Larkin, Administrator of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, by his attorney, Lea S. Black, pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 753(b), complains of Respondent, Doris Katherine Nagel, who was licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois on November 10, 1988, 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:

(Criminal conduct)

1. On December 20, 2006, Respondent left her seven-year-old daughter, Julia, home alone while Respondent visited a Kohl's Department Store ("Kohl's") located at 235 North Milwaukee Avenue, Vernon Hills.

2. While inside Kohl's, Respondent placed in a bag a bottle of perfume, several items of children's clothing, and a massage cushion that was the property of Kohl's, and that had a total retail value of $479.99. Respondent then exited Kohl's after circumventing security sensors located at the store exit with the intent of not paying Kohl's for the merchandise.

3. On January 22, 2007, and in relation to Respondent's conduct as described in paragraphs one and two, above, the Lake County State's Attorney filed an information that charged Respondent with one count of misdemeanor retail theft and one count of misdemeanor endangering the life or health of a child. The criminal complaint was entitled People v. Doris Nagel and was assigned case number 06 CM 7859 by the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Lake County.

4. On September 10, 2007, Respondent pled guilty to the charges referred to in paragraph three, above. In relation to the offense of retail theft, Respondent was placed under court supervision for one year, assessed a fine in the amount of $300 and court fees. In relation to the offense of endangering the life or health of a child, Respondent was sentenced to probation with conditions.

5. By reason of the conduct described above, Respondent has engaged in the following misconduct:

  1. committing a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer's honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer in other respects, in violation Rule 8.4(a)(3) of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct, by violating Sections 12-21.6 and 16A-3 of the Illinois Criminal Code of 1961;

  2. conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation, in violation Rule 8.4(a)(4) of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct;

  3. conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice, in violation Rule 8.4(a)(5) of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct; and

  4. conduct which tends to defeat the administration of justice or to bring the courts or the legal profession into disrepute, in violation of Illinois Supreme Court Rule 770.

WHEREFORE, the Administrator requests that this matter be assigned to a panel of the Hearing Board, that a hearing be held, and that the panel make findings of fact, conclusions of fact and law, and a recommendation for such discipline as is warranted.

Lea S. Black
Counsel for the Administrator
One Prudential Plaza
130 East Randolph Drive, Suite 1500
Chicago, Illinois 60601-6219
Telephone: (312) 565-2600
Respectfully submitted,

Jerome Larkin, Administrator
Attorney Registration and
Disciplinary Commission

By:   Lea S. Black