Judge Durkin sends Fil-Am O’Brien’s verdict to lawyers’ Disciplinary Commission

by Joseph G. Lariosa

CHICAGO (JGL) – Judge Thomas M. Durkin of the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago had ordered the Clerk of Court to “provide a certified copy of the sealed jury verdict” to the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) after Jessica O’Brien was found guilty on two counts of mail and bank frauds in a $1.4-M mortgage scheme on Feb. 15.

The ARDC or Commission is authorized by the Illinois Supreme Court “to regulate the admission and discipline of lawyers in Illinois.”

At the same time, O’Brien fired her lawyers, who assisted her during the jury trial, and replaced them with a new one, who will assist her in filing post-verdict motions prior to her sentencing on July 6, 2018.

She let go Patrick John Cotter; Danielle C. Ambrosia, Ricardo Meza, Elizabeth Ann Austermuehle and Donald J. Angelini, Jr. She has retained the new services of Steven A. Greenberg & Associates.

On the other hand, Judge Durkin also appointed Thomas Brandstrader as counsel for O’Brien’s co-defendant Maria Bartko to replace Chris Groman under the Criminal Justice Act as a financially-challenged criminal defendant.


See related article “Fil-Am Chicago judge found guilty of $1.4M mail, bank fraud scheme”

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