(KMOX)-The lawyer who represented former Illinois State Trooper Matt Mitchell in his effort to get workers’ compensation, could face disciplinary action for allegedly exchanging emails with the arbitrator who was handling the case.
The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission has filed a complaint against Kerry O’Sullivan. Commission Deputy Administrator Jim Grogan tells KMOX that because the emails were kept between O’Sullivan and arbitrator Jennifer Teague, they may have violated rules concerning ex-parte communications, “If there is a case and both sides in the case are represented by lawyers, that one lawyer doesn’t have an advantage and doesn’t have the ear of the judge without the other side knowing about it.”
If found guilty of violating the rules, O’Sullivan faces punishment ranging from censure to disbarment.
Teague, who has resigned as an arbitrator, could also face a complaint.
Mitchell is appealing Teague’s rejection of the claim, which stemmed from injuries he suffered in the November 2007 accident that killed Kelli and Jessica Uhl.
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