Professional Responsibility Matters and ARDC Defense

Mary Pat served for more than ten years as a volunteer member on the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) Hearing and Inquiry Boards. Her experience as a Board member and Chair with ARDC provides a solid base for representing lawyers at ARDC and for counseling lawyers about ethics issues. She has provided advice and opinions to lawyers and law firms on many topics, including the requirements for law firms in which a member or employee has been disciplined, retirement plans, conflicts of interest, use of non-lawyer employees, fee-sharing issues, quantum meruit fees, reporting of attorney fraud (i.e. Himmel reporting), and other practice issues.

She has represented numerous lawyers at ARDC. She also represents law students and lawyers in connection with Character and Fitness applications. She has provided expert testimony on professional responsibility issues.