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

In the Matter of:

BRIAN F. LANSU ,

Attorney-Respondent, 

No. 6270139.

 

Commission No. 08 CH 62

FILED -  July 7, 2008

COMPLAINT

Jerome Larkin, Administrator of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, by his attorney, Peter L. Rotskoff, pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 753, complains of Respondent, Brian F. Lansu, who was licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois on November 4, 1999, and alleges that Respondent has engaged in the following conduct which tends to defeat the administration of justice or which brings the courts or the legal profession into disrepute:

(Submission of False Travel Records to Law Firm)

1. Between October 2, 2006, and October 30, 2007, Respondent was employed as a salaried associate at The Gloor Law Group LLC, a law firm located in Chicago, Illinois. Respondent concentrated in medical malpractice defense work at The Gloor Law Group. At all times during Respondent's employment, the firm had a policy which reimbursed employees for legitimate business-related expenses, including travel expenses.

2. Between February 23, 2007, and October 11, 2007, Respondent prepared and submitted to The Gloor Law Group, at least 52 separate "Travel Expense Records" ("Expense Records") seeking reimbursement for purported business-related travel expenses as set forth below:

DATE EXPENSE VOUCHER SUBMITTED ALLEGED TRAVEL LOCATION ALLEGED SUBJECT OF MEETING AMOUNT CLAIMED FOR MILEAGE, TOLLS AND/OR PARKING
February 23, 2007 Valparaiso, IN Dr. Parke, expert review
Polglaze
$100.55
February 27, 2007 Joliet, IL Dr. Mistry, expert review
Kozlowski
$71.93
March 12, 2007 Waukegan, IL Dr. Larsen
Tate
$43.77
March 15, 2007 Rockford, IL Dr. Lanoff
Polglaze
$101.06
April 6, 2007 Madison, WI Dr. Trumball
Anderson/Zydek
$173.53
April 10, 2007 St. Joseph, MI Dr. Forrester
Rivera v. Elmhurst
$127.09
April 11, 2007 Joliet, IL LeAnn Lawrence
Polglaze v. Marianjoy
$83.90
April 12, 2007 Valparaiso, IN Dr. Parke
Polglaze v. Marianjoy
$64.14
April 13, 2007 Orland Hills, IL Kozlowski Family
Kozlowski v. Palos
$47.15
April 23, 2007 DeKalb, IL Deb Anderson
Anderson v. Zydek
$99.42
April 30, 2007 Chicago, IL Dr. Kaufman, cook County Coroners Ofice $35.28
DATE EXPENSE VOUCHER SUBMITTED ALLEGED TRAVEL LOCATION ALLEGED SUBJECT OF MEETING AMOUNT CLAIMED FOR MILEAGE, TOLLS AND/OR PARKING
May 8, 2007 Elgin, IL Carol Zydek & Family
Anderson/Zydek v. Mayo
$81.47
May 9, 2007 Joliet, IL Dr. Kevin Walsh
Johnson v. Rockford Ortho
$90.23
May 14, 2007 Milwaukee, WI Dr. Hoeppinger
Anderson/Zydek
$137.76
May 17, 2007 Woodstock, IL Dr. Vanlandyk
Lewanpowski v. Jaske
$92.99
May 18, 2007 Peoria, IL Karen Schletz at Hudson Ins. $204.24
May 29, 2007 Kankakee, IL Dr. Azir
Lewanpowski v. Elmhurst
$100.84
May 30, 2007 Northbrook, IL Dr. Jorgensen
Tate v. Roseland
$39.83
June 1, 2007 Chicago, IL Jane McAtee
University of Chicago
work
$64.00
June 6, 2007 Elgin, IL Dr. Locallo
Anderson/Aydek
$81.95
June 7, 2007 DesPlaines, IL Tara Lewandowski
Lewandowski v. Glen Oaks
$48.43
June 11, 2007 Rock Island, IL Eilleen Capers, witness
Anderson/Zydek v. Mayo
$183.57
June 12, 2007 Aurora, IL Dr. Chowra
Banks v. St. Francis
$68.05
DATE EXPENSE VOUCHER SUBMITTED ALLEGED TRAVEL LOCATION ALLEGED SUBJECT OF MEETING AMOUNT CLAIMED FOR MILEAGE, TOLLS AND/OR PARKING
June 25, 2007 Belvidere, IL Mara Thomas
Lewandowski v. Glen Oaks
$101.30
June 21, 2007 Iowa City, IA Dr. Barrata, pathology issues
Rivera v. Elmhurst
$222.86
June 27, 2007 Kankakee, IL Sandra Dinsmore
Sahili v. Park
$86.93
July 5, 2007 Freeport, IL Jennifer Ostrickek
Kozlowski v. Palos
$161.07
July 9, 2007 Addison, IL Anthony Townsend
Admin/Bus. Develop.
$58.64
July 10, 2007 Aurora, IL Dr. Hines, Midwest Heart &
Vascular
Admin/Bus. Develop.
$71.28
July 11, 2007 Pontiac, IL Darrel Hines
Banks v. Trinity
$119.36
July 12, 2007 Chicago, IL Diane Otteman, Kindred North, Lake Shore Drive $66.00
July 13, 2007 Northbrook, IL Dr. Hooper, Evanston
Physicians
Admin/Bus.
$51.13
July 19, 2007 Palos Hills, IL Dr. Pappas, case work
Admin.
$26.25
July 20, 2007 Dixon, IL Dr. Strawn
Anderson/Zydek
$146.49
DATE EXPENSE VOUCHER SUBMITTED ALLEGED TRAVEL LOCATION ALLEGED SUBJECT OF MEETING AMOUNT CLAIMED FOR MILEAGE, TOLLS AND/OR PARKING
July 24, 2007 Elgin, IL Dr. David Spree, physician work
Admin.
$74.20
July 25, 2007 Joliet, IL Dr. Muraqda
Admin.
$55.41
July 26, 2007 St. Joseph, MI Charles Sitler
Lewandowski v. Elmhurst
$123.97
July 30, 2007 Champaign, IL Dr. Gregory
Polglaze v. Marianjoy
$165.99
July 31, 2007 Lake Forest, IL Mark Simons
Admin.
$67.86
August 15, 2007 Indianapolis, IN Dr. Sumpter
Lewandowski
$220.27
August 20, 2007 Galesburg, IL Nicole Ayala
Sahili
$215.42
August 21, 2007 Crystal Lake, IL Northwest Orthopedics
Admin.
$71.53
August 23, 2007 Geneva, IL Provena Mercy, business
Admin.
$63.77
August 29, 2007 Peoria, IL Bart Siefert
Lewandowski v. Glen Oaks
$193.11
September 13, 2007 Sheboygan, WI Dr. Feil
Sahili v. Dr. Park
$192.73
September 17, 2007 Chicago, IL Dr. Meadows, U of C
Banks v. St. Francis
$63.00
DATE EXPENSE VOUCHER SUBMITTED ALLEGED TRAVEL LOCATION ALLEGED SUBJECT OF MEETING AMOUNT CLAIMED FOR MILEAGE, TOLLS AND/OR PARKING
September 18, 2007 West Lafayette, IN Dr. Finkel
Polglaze v. Marianjoy
$179.56
September 21, 2007 McHenry, IL Kishwauke Hospital Group
Admin.
$61.23
September 25, 2007 Moline, IL Dan Barzynski
Lewandowski v. Elmhurst
$193.87
September 27, 2007 Bloomington, IL Tammy Shierenbach
Lewandowski v. Elmhurst
$166.95
October 5, 2007 Sterling, IL Dr. Frankel
Sahili v. Park
$149.49
October 11, 2007 Joliet, IL Joliet Medicla Group
Admin.
$64.14
    TOTAL $5,574.99

3. Between February 23, 2007 and October 30, 2007, Respondent sought reimbursement for funds he was not entitled to receive and The Gloor Law Group paid Respondent at least $5,574.99 to reimburse him for the purported travel expenses described in Paragraph 2, above.

4. Each of the fifty-two Expense Records described above, was false. At not time did Respondent travel to the locations stated on the Expense Record for the purpose stated on the Expense Record. In most instances, the subject of the meeting did not exist or the subject did not reside or have an office in the location stated on the Expense Record.

5. Respondent knew that each of the fifty-two Expense Records was false and he submitted them to The Gloor Law Group for the purpose of obtaining funds which he knew he was not entitled to receive.

6. On October 30, 2007, Respondent was terminated from The Gloor Law Group. He subsequently repaid the law firm for the travel reimbursement funds he had received, as described in Paragraph 3, above.

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

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

  2. conduct which tends to defeat the administration of justice or bring the courts or 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.

Peter Rotskoff, Senior Counsel
Illinois Attorney Registration
and
Disciplinary Commission
One North Old Capitol Plaza, Ste. 333
Springfield, Illinois 62701
Telephone: (217) 522-6838 
Respectfully submitted,

Jerome Larkin, Administrator
Attorney Registration and
Disciplinary Commission

By:   Peter Rotskoff