Legal Ethics

Ex BigLaw Partner Who Lied on Child's School Financial Aid Applications Is Disbarred


An Illinois lawyer has been disbarred by the state supreme court for misrepresenting his income on his child’s private school financial aid applications, in order to qualify for $22,830 in assistance over an approximately four-year period.

In addition to providing falsified copies of his tax returns to the Francis W. Parker School in Chicago, Bruce Paul Golden also “understandably offended” most members of the hearing panel, it noted in an earlier report, by refusing to provide requested information and “antagonistic, sometimes rude” conduct, recounts Forest Leaves, a suburban news publication. Golden worked for more than 20 years at McDermott Will & Emery.

A previous ABAJournal.com gives further details and links to the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission report. A 1998 Illinois Appellate Court opinion concerning a lawsuit brought by Golden against McDermott gives details of his legal career.

The Illinois Supreme Court disbarred him in a brief Nov. 19 order (PDF).

A securities lawyer, Golden had worked at McDermott Will & Emery for 21 years and been a capital partner for 10 when he was expelled in 1991. Golden graduated from Harvard Law School in 1969.

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