West Dundee attorney taken to court - again

Posted7/12/2010 12:01 AM

West Dundee attorney William Chesbrough, who was already facing criminal charges and potential disbarment, is now being taken to civil court by his bank.

Citibank filed a complaint in Kane County this month alleging Chesbrough owes nearly $65,000 in cash advances and charges for goods and services. The complaint says he hadn't made a payment since August 2009, despite being $7,448 over his $57,500 line of credit.


The lawsuit is just the latest in a series of legal troubles for the 57-year-old, who was indicted last year on two counts of theft and one count of financial exploitation of the elderly after being accused of stealing more than $140,000 from two clients. The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission subsequently recommended he be disbarred.

Chesbrough has pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges, the most serious of which is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. His attorney, Gary Johnson, declined to comment.

James Grogan, deputy administrator of the IARDC, said the recommendation to strip Chesbrough's law license would be reviewed for a ruling by the Illinois Supreme Court in coming months. But he is currently not authorized to practice law in Illinois, where he was first licensed in 1980, according to public records.

In the civil case, which goes to a judge on Sept. 20, Citibank is seeking full payment of Chesbrough's debt, including $1,475 in interest, plus court costs. His next court date in the criminal matter is Aug. 6 in St. Charles.

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Diane M. Law was recognized at the bar association's 134th annual meeting June 25 in St. Louis. She is a managing partner at Law ElderLaw, LLP, a firm founded by her father. According to a news release, Law graduated from the Northern Illinois University College of Law in 2004, and since has lobbied politicians at the local and national levels for legislation benefiting the elderly and disabled. She also files 10 to 20 Medicaid application a month, and has never had any of them denied.

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