Joel Brodsky booted from case after clashes with yet another attorney

The Chicago Tribune reports that Joel Brodsky and his opposing counsel, Michael Meschino, were both dismissed from a Cook County civil case by Judge Raymond Mitchell.

Joel Brodsky was representing Fahred Salem, Mariam Salem and Jrough Al-Daoud in a civil case against Rabi Nesheiwat and George Nesheiwat. After months of open animosity both in and out of court, the Judge filed an opinion and order booting the two lawyers as a last resort to ensure all parties’ right to a fair trial.

Besides relatively tame allegations of name calling by both lawyers – including “little man”, “fat”, “bald”, and “short” as well as the Brodsky favorites, “moron” and “liar” – there were allegations of physical threats and Mr. Meschino had to be escorted from the courtroom more than once by deputies.

Joel Brodsky filed a motion on Tuesday in which he claimed that Attorney Meschino was obsessed with Brodsky’s role in the high-profile Drew Peterson murder case, and recommended that Meschino undergo a mental evaluation. In Joel Brodsky’s pending defamation suit filed in February, he makes similar assertions of mental illness about ex co-counsel, Steven Greenberg.

In the motion Judge Mitchell says that Brodsky committed “outright attorney misconduct” by sending two letters complaining about Meschino to a chief judge without copying either Meschino or himself. Copies of the letters were attached to his filing.

As for Meschino, he complained rather comically that Joel Brodsky was:

…constantly shaking his head, his bald head, so that the light is shining on me.

A copy of the Judge Mitchell’s order citing “deplorable behavior” has been sent to the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.

Last month Judge Edward Burmila chastised Brodsky for statements he made during televised interviews immediately following the sentencing of Drew Peterson. At that time he ordered that a transcript of the day’s proceedings be sent to the Commission.

Earlier this month, Joel Brodsky, distributed a press release to announce his inclusion to the “Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers in the United States” by The National Trial Lawyers Organization. A little digging reveals that Brodsky has actually been added to the list of Top 100 Trial Lawyers for the state of Illinois – a distinction shared by at least 300 Illinois lawyers (that I counted).

According to the organization’s online FAQ, after being offered an invitation an attorney must pay up front for the honor of inclusion to their list and then cough up yearly dues in order to remain listed. They must also pay additional dues in order to be listed by area of expertise.

I wonder if he’ll get a refund if he ends up being disciplined by the ARDC…

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7 thoughts on “Joel Brodsky booted from case after clashes with yet another attorney

  1. Excerpts:

    Despite all of the admonitions and the repeated attempts to dissuade the attorneys from engaging in further misconduct, these attorneys have, to this day, continued to act wholly improperly. These attorneys have proved impervious to reason and to a show of force. The presence of additional courtroom deputies has done nothing to curb their bad behavior. Indeed, not only has the required presence of additional security personnel proved unsuccessful in dissuading the egregious conduct of Mr. Brodsky and Mr. Meschino, the idea of diverting security personnel from other areas of the courthouse to deal with attorneys on a repeated basis is completely unacceptable.

    The attorneys have also acted wholly improperly in conducting discovery including exchanging threatening and insulting voicemails and emails. In reviewing the various motions to compel and motions for sanctions filed in this case, it is abundantly clear that Mr. Brodsky and Mr. Meschino are incapable of any form of cooperation. The animus between the lawyers is so great that the deposition of their clients had to be conducted in the courtroom with court security present throughout. The deposition, while just a sample, demonstrated the complete lack of civility that has characterized the attorneys’ conduct throughout this case.

    The deposition was witnessed by sheriffs deputies and court personnel and was transcribed by a court reporter. The transcript is laden with personal attacks, insults and threats. All of this was bad enough, but now Joel Brodsky has compounded his share of what was at best ‘bad behavior’ by outright attorney misconduct when he sent two ex parte letters to the chief judge referencing this case and seeking judicial action in favor of Mr. Brodsky’s clients,

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  5. One of Drew Peterson’s attorneys has agreed to have his law license suspended for three months to settle state disciplinary charges alleging he stole another client’s money, records show.

    David Peilet, who joined Peterson’s defense team last fall to assist with the post-trial appeal after the former Bolingbrook police sergeant was found guilty of drowning his third wife, was accused last April of pocketing almost $4,000 in client money from a 2010 drug case.

    Peilet said in court papers that he was suffering from alcohol addiction at the time of the theft but has since undergone treatment and stopped drinking. He has agreed to two years of disciplinary probation along with a two-year suspension of his law license with all but three months stayed, records show.

    The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission had also charged him with failing to respond to its requests for information. Peilet hired former prosecutor Thomas Breen to represent him before the disciplinary body, which had scheduled a hearing on the charges for Wednesday.

    The commission can recommend discipline ranging from censure to disbarment, but the Illinois Supreme Court ultimately imposes any sanctions. Cases are also sometimes settled before a formal hearing.

    Peterson attorney Steve Greenberg said he expected Peilet would continue to assist with the appeal after his three-month suspension has ended.

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