The ARDC has charged two lawyers for assisting a disbarred lawyer in the unauthorized practice of law. Kathleen Niew was disbarred in November 2013. One of the lawyers charged was her husband, Stanley Niew. Ms. Niew was convicted of converting $2.3 million in client funds. She was sentenced to six years in federal prison. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-radio-host-lawyer-sentencing-met-20150210-story.html
The Complaint alleges:
Actually you need to hire someone else. I don’t feel comfortable with someone who has been disbarred for fraud and still is making contracts for new business. She should be home and I don’t believe some of the personal expenses should be paid by the company.
I am emailing you because I just took a phone call from a woman named Vena Gandhi at approximately 8:59am this morning.Vena said that she had been texting with Kathleen Niew around 3-4pm yesterday afternoon and that KIN told her that she would be giving me (HMT) books approx. 10 books regarding retirement planning called The Retirement Miracle by Patrick Kelley and another called Tax Free Retirement and that Vena could come into our office today and pick-up the books…I am not comfortable with KIN regularly giving out my name and telling people that they can/should call your office and to ask for me to schedule appointments with ARA and/or pick-up KIN’s books/docs from me.
a. conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice, by conduct including, but not limited to, failing to take reasonable action necessary to insure that Ms. Niew did not maintain a presence in an office where the practice of law was conducted after the Illinois Supreme Court entered an order disbarring her as required by Illinois Supreme Court Rule 764, and allowing her to conduct meetings and to use the law firm email and fax machine in an office where the practice of law is conducted after her disbarment, by disregarding the Court’s order and processes in In re Niew, M.R. 26310, 2012PR000162 (November 20, 2013), and by failing to take action after receiving Vos’ email, in violation of Rule 8.4(d) of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct (2010); andb. conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice by conduct including, but not limited to, failing to file a certification with the Clerk of the Supreme Court in In re Niew, M.R. 26310, 2012PR000162 (November 20, 2013) setting forth the actions taken to insure compliance with Supreme Court Rule 764(b), in violation of Rule 8.4(d) of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct (2010).
Edward X. Clinton, Jr.