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

In the Matter of:

 JONATHAN GERALD ANDERSON,

Attorney-Respondent, 

No.  3128613.

 

Commission No.  08 CH 56

FILED -  June 23, 2008

COMPLAINT

Jerome Larkin, Administrator of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, by his attorney, Cass R. Buscher, pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 761(b), complains of Respondent, Jonathan Gerald Anderson, who was licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois on May 1, 1981, and alleges that Respondent has engaged in the following conduct which tends to defeat the administration of justice or bring the courts or the legal profession into disrepute.

Criminal Conviction for Assault

1. On November 17, 2006, Respondent, while appearing in court on behalf of Rita Patel, in the matter entitled In re the Marriage of Patel, case number 03 D 330179 in the Circuit Court of Cook County, began yelling at the Honorable James J. Donegan. Judge Donegan then ordered Respondent from his court room.

2. Cook County Deputy Sheriff Eric Gross ("Gross"), in performance of his official duties, attempted to escort Respondent from the courtroom pursuant to the order of Judge Donegan. Respondent initially resisted and struck Gross numerous times in his ribs.

3. As a result of Respondent's actions on November 17, 2006, Deputy Gross suffered a fractured left rib and received medical treatment for his injuries at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

4. On November 17, 2006, the Cook County State's attorney charged Respondent by Information with a four-count complaint alleging Respondent committed aggravated assault and resisting or obstructing a peace officer. The matter was docketed as People v. Anderson case number 06-CR-27493. On May 23, 2008, the Cook County State's attorney added a charged of assault in violation of 720 ILCS 5/12-1, a class C misdemeanor.

5. On May 23, 2008, Respondent pled guilty to the reduced charge of assault in exchange for the dismissal of the three charges of aggravated battery and the charge of resisting or obstructing a peace officer in case number 06-CR-27493. The Honorable William Joseph Kunkle sentenced Respondent to 50 hours of community service, anger management treatment and a fine of $300. A copy of the judgment of conviction is attached as Administrator's Exhibit 1.

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

  1. committed a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer's honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer by violating 720 ILCS 5/12-1, in violation of rule 8.4(a)(3) of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct, and;

  2.  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

  3. conduct that 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 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.

Cass R. Buscher
Counsel for the Administrator
One Prudential Plaza
130 East Randolph Drive, #1500
Chicago, Illinois 60601 - (312) 565-2600
Respectfully submitted,

Jerome Larkin, Administrator
Attorney Registration and
Disciplinary Commission

By:   Cass R. Buscher