BLOOMINGTON — A Bloomington attorney missed filing deadlines, was a no-show at court hearings and lied to several clients he represented during civil lawsuits, according to a complaint filed by the commission that regulates Illinois attorneys.
The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission has accused David Stanczak of providing incompetent representation to seven of his clients in a 13-page misconduct complaint that says he violated state rules governing attorneys.
Stanczak, who specializes in employment law, made mistakes that caused many of his clients' lawsuits to be dismissed while he was practicing with the Bloomington law firm of Dunn, Willard, Arkell and Bugg, according to the complaint.
The commission, an arm of the Illinois Supreme Court, has requested a hearing to determine if Stanczak should be sanctioned. The state Supreme Court could censure Stanczak, suspend his law license or disbar him, said Peter Rotskoff, senior counsel for the commission.
Stanczak would not comment on the complaint Tuesday and referred all questions to his attorney, Carl Draper of Springfield. Draper would not discuss specific allegations, but said Stanczak has practiced law for more than 30 years and is working with the commission to resolve the matter.
Draper said he's working on filing an answer to the complaint. He said there were things going on in Stanczak's life when the violations occurred that should lessen his responsibility.
The complaint says Stanczak committed 44 separate violations of the rules that govern attorneys. The complaint outlines seven different cases where Stanczak committed various acts of misconduct.
In one case, he missed court hearings in an employment discrimination lawsuit filed against Chicago State University, the complaint says. The missed hearings led to a default judgment of more than $80,000 against the university, according to the complaint.
Stanczak then told Mark Dunn, the managing partner of the law firm, that the default judgment was "a mistake," the complaint says. The law firm's partners voted in May to discharge Stanczak from their employment, according to the complaint.
In another case, Stanczak was hired to represent someone in a federal discrimination lawsuit based on a handicap. On the day in February when the case was set for trial, Stanczak asked the judge for continuance, but was denied, according to the complaint.
Stanczak operates his own practice in Bloomington, Draper said.