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Joel Brodsky and Michael Meschino are stricken from court case

Joel Brodsky and Michael Meschino are stricken from court case

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Memorandum Opinion and Order of

Judge Raymond W. Mitchell

FAHRED SALEM, MARIAM
SALEM and JROUGH AL-DAOUD
Plaintiffs,
V .
RABI NESHEIWAT and GEORGE
NESHEIWAT,
Defendants.

In order to protect the judicial process, court personnel and the parties themselves, the appearanceso f Plaintiffs' attorney Joel Brodsky and Defendant's attorney Michael Meschino are stricken.
Memorandum Opinion and Order of

Judge Raymond W. Mitchell

FAHRED SALEM, MARIAM
SALEM and JROUGH AL-DAOUD
Plaintiffs,
V .
RABI NESHEIWAT and GEORGE
NESHEIWAT,
Defendants.

In order to protect the judicial process, court personnel and the parties themselves, the appearanceso f Plaintiffs' attorney Joel Brodsky and Defendant's attorney Michael Meschino are stricken.

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INTHECIRCUITCOURToFCooKCOUNTY,LLINOISCOUNTYDEPARTMENT,AWDIVISIONFAHREDSALEM,MARIAMSALEMandJROUGHAL-DAOUDPlaintiffs,
V.
RABINESHEIWATandGEORGENESHEIWAT,Defendants.
MemorandumOPinionandOrderThe casesbeforehe Courtfollowingaroutinecasemanagementconferencewherethepartiesappearedhroughcounsel.Counsel'seportonthestatus ofthecasencludedwhathasbecomeanalltoofrequentoccurrencen thismatter:arecitationof an egtegiouspattern of inappropriatebehaviorandmisconductby bothPlaintiffs'andDefendants're spectivecounsel.To date,theCourthas takenaseriesofprogressive tepso curbcounsel'sdeplorablebehaviorin thehopethatthesetwoattorneyswouldconformtheirconductothe requirementsofourprofession.Thesemeasureshavencludedschedulinghecaseor timeswhenthecourtroomwouldbe empty,increasinghevisibility&courtsecurity(attimesasmanyasfourdeputysheriffshavehad tobepresentj,holdingdepositionsnthecourtroomattendedbycourtsecurity,andrepeatedadmonitionsrom theCourtontheriskofprovoking adirectcriminalcontemptand areferralto theAttorneyRegistrationandDisciplinaryCommission,andarlminderthatalawyer owesafiduciarydutytohisclient.Allthese wordsandactionshaveprovedunavailing:theattorneys'badbehaviorpersists.In ordertoprotectthejudicialprocess, ourtpersonnelandthepartiesthemselves,he appearancesfPlaintiffs'attorneyJoelBrodskyandDefendant'sattorneyMichaelMeschinoarestricken.Forthefollowingreasons,Mr.BrodskyandMr. Meschinoaredisqualifiedromtheseproceedingsarulingto whichneither attorneyobjects.I.Thefollowingis asummaryof some(butnotall)ofthebadbehaviorandmisconducthathas beenperpetratedbytheattorneysn thiscaseas observedytheCourt,recountedbycourtpersonnelorreportedbycounselhemselves.Inmid-11L 1348CalendarSJudgeRaymondW. Mitchell
 
2012,afteroutbursts n opencourt byboth Mr. BrodskyandMr. Meschino,heCourt immediatelyadmonished he attorneyshattheirbehavior was unacceptableand would notbe tolerated. On a subsequentccasion, he Courtendeda casemanagementonferencerematurelybecauseounselcouldnot conformheirbehavioro evenhemostbasic requirements.TheCourt again admonishedMr.BrodskyandMr. Meschinohattheir behaviorwasdisruptive and inappropriate.Asheriffsdeputy escortedMr. Meschino rom the courtroom.Fromthat timeto thepresent,heCourthas requestedhepresencefadditional courtroomsecuritywheneverhese awyersare scheduled oappear.Despitehepresenceofadditional sheriffsdeputies n the courtroom,onJanuary28, 2013,after the Court recessed ndthejudgeleft the bench,Mr.Brodskyand Mr. Meschinoexchangedvariety of insults anddeputiesagainescortedMr.Meschino rom thecourtroom.Mr. Brodsky by motion brought thistotheCourt's attention. Whenthe motionwaspresented,each attorneyadmittedtohisrolein the exchange.Atthattime, the Court warnedMr. Brodsky andMr. Meschino hat thiscourseof conduct wasgroundsfor disqualifyingthemforthe case. The attorneyswerenstructedto consider he interests oftheir clients and their fiduciary duties.Theattorneyswere also warned that Courtcould exercisets contemptpowerandcouldreporttheir conduct to the ARDC. Bothattorneysassuredthe Court that theywouldproceednprofessionalmanner andthey could work together astheypreparedortrial.Despiteall of the admonitions andtherepeatedattemptsto dissuadeheattorneys fromengaging n further misconduct,hese attorneys have, to thisday,continuedoact wholly improperly. Theseattorneys haveprovedmperviousoreasonand toashowofforce. Thepresencefadditional courtroomdeputieshasdonenothingto curbtheir bad behavior.Indeed,notonlyhas the requiredpresenceofadditional securitypersonnelprovedunsuccessfuln dissuadinghe egregiousconductofMr.Brodsky and Mr. Meschino,heideaof diverting securitypersonnelfromother areasof the courthouse o dealwith attorneys on a repeatedbasis scompletelyunacceptable.Theattorneys havealso actedwholly improperlyinconductingdiscoveryincludingexchanginghreatening andinsulting voicemailsand emails.Inreviewinghe various motionsto compelandmotions for sanctions iled in thiscase,itisabundantly clear that Mr. Brodsky andMr. Meschino are incapableof any formof cooperation.The animus between helawyers is sogreatthat thedepositionsoftheirclients had to be conducted n the courtroomwith court securitypresentthroughout.The depositions,whilejusta sample,demonstratedhe complete ackofcivility thathas characterized he attorneys'conducthroughout this case. Thedepositionwaswitnessedby sheriffs deputiesand courtpersonneland was
 
transcribedby a courtreporter. The transcriptis laden withpersonalattacks,insultsand threats.All of this was bad enough,butnowMr.Brodsky has compoundedis shareof what wasat best"badbehavior"by outrightattorneymisconductwhen he senttwoexparfeletters to the Chief Judgereferencinghis caseand seekingudicialaction n favorofMr. Brodsky'sclients.Seell. Sup. Ct.R. Profl Conduct,R3.5(b);seealso,Ill. Sup. Ct. R.Prof,lConduct,R 3.5cmt.2.Neither letter was copied oopposing ounselorthis Court). Administrativepersonneldeliveredheseettersto thisCourt.At no time has thisCourthad any communicationwith the ChiefJudgeabout this or anyotherpendingcase.Whenconfrontednopencourt, Mr.Brodskyconfirmed hatheauthoredheletters.The lettersare attachedn anappendix o this opinion, and aremadepartof therecord n thiscase.rII.In lightof this outrageousbehaviorbyeach attorney,the Courtis strikingthe appearances f Mr. Brodsky andMr.MeschinoanddisqualiS'inghem fromtheseproceedings.his decision snot madeightly, butis made aftercarefuldeliberationand found to benecessary oprotectthe administrationofusticeandtheparties'right toafair trial.TheCourtisparticularlymindfulof theimportanceof theright to counsel,includingtherightto counselof one's choosing.However,thisright is not absolute.SeePeopleu.Troutt,l72IIl. App. 3d 668(holdinghat,evenn a criminalcase,herightto counsel of one's choosings notunlimited);In re Estateof Wright,377IIl.App.3d 800, 808-09(affirmingthe disqualificationof anattorneyfor conflict ofinterest). Inthis case, he Plaintiffs'andDefendants'rightsto berepresentedbythesecounselmustyieldto importantinstitutionalconsiderations.t is notjustthat Mr. Brodsky and Mr. Meschinodonotlike each other-theyliterally cannotstandto ben eachother'spresence.For thegoodof theirclients andforthe sakeofmaintaininganorderlyprocess,heseattorneysmust be disqualifiedromthis case.A trialjudgehas the inherentauthorityto maintaindecorumand torequirethecivility ofpartiesto thecaseand theirattorneysPeopleu.Dauilla,236Ill. App.3d 367,3801stDist.1992).Indeed, ntheCodeofJudicialConduct, heIllinoisSupremeCourthasplacedan affirmativedutyonudgesn thisstate to maintainorder and decorumnproceedingsefore hem.Ill.Sup.Ct.R.63(3)(AX2).Further,the Illinois Attorney Actprovidesthat"anyjudgeof a CircuitCourt shall ...havepowero suspendanyattorney orcounseloratlawfrompracticen the courtoverwhich hepresides,uringsuch ime ashemay deemproper..." 705ILCS20516.tThisis notthefirst timeMr. Brodskyhasrunafoul of theRules ofProfessionalConduct.See nreJoelBrodsley,ICH42(three-monthsuspension).

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