Legal Ethics

Illinois Attorney Is Accused of Overbilling Client for Document Review

An Illinois attorney is facing disciplinary action for allegedly overbilling a client for document review.

Ronald Jay McDermott is accused of submitting billing materials to his law firm for up to 250 or more hours of document review that he claimed to have done in July and August of 2011 but didn’t actually perform.

A complaint (PDF) filed May 30 by the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission indicates that his law firm discovered some of the alleged inaccurate billings before the August bill was sent to the client, but doesn’t explain how. It also doesn’t explain how the matter came to the IARDC’s attention.

The law firm is not identified.

Hat tip: Legal Profession Blog.

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