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Mr. Sukowicz has devoted his entire career to issues involving lawyers' professional liability and responsibility. His practice emphasizes professional liability, legal ethics, risk management, loss prevention and the defense of lawyers in disciplinary proceedings.
Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1985
Date of Birth: 1955
Law School: DePaul University College of Law,J.D., 1985
Graduate School: University of Notre Dame, M.A., history, 1979
Undergraduate School: Loyola University of Chicago, B.A., 1977
Mr. Sukowicz serves the firm's attorney and law firm clients primarily as risk management counsel.
Before he joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in September 2000, he was senior counsel for the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. In his role as an investigating and prosecuting attorney, he handled numerous cases before the Commission's Inquiry, Hearing and Review Boards, and argued disciplinary cases before the Supreme Court of Illinois.
Published Legal Writing:
Mr. Sukowicz is co-author of a monthly ethics column in Chicago Lawyer magazine and has written dozens of articles on professional responsibility and professional liability issues, including:
"Beware Voting and Election Misconduct," September 2006
"Rules Regulate Civility - To a Certain Extent," August 2006
"Panic in the Face of an Error Can Lead to Discipline," July 2006
"In a Multi-Jurisdictional Practice, Which Rules Apply?" June 2006
"Discipline for Lawyers Who Commit Crimes," May 2006
"Conduct Rules Give Guidance to Subpoenaed Attorneys," April 2006
Co-author of attorney disciplinary proceedings:
Illinois Practice and Procedure, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2002
Chapter on "Attorney Liability Risk Management," Attorney Legal Liability, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2002
Co-author of Illinois Code of Paralegal Ethics for the Paralegal Association, 1997
Mr. Sukowicz is a frequent speaker at seminars on topics
of attorney ethics and risk management. His presentations include:
"Screening Out Risky Clients and Declining Representation," WestLegalEdcenter
live Web cast, September 2006.
"Office Sharing and Apparent Partnership,"
WestLegalEdcenter live Web cast, August 2006
Ethics & Risk Management," Hillsborough Bar Association's
seminar, Tampa, Florida, May 2006
"Using Advanced Technology
to Control Risk and Improve Practice Management," Hinshaw's annual Legal
Malpractice and Risk Management conference, Chicago, Illinois, March
"Equity Interests in Clients and Serving on Client Boards,"
WestLegalEdcenter live Web cast, June 2005
"Legal Malpractice & Risk
Management," The Florida Bar's 2005 Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida,
"Risk Management - Declining and Accepting Engagements,"
and "Risk Management - Screening Clients and Cases," Hillsborough
County Bar Association's Legal Malpractice seminar, Tampa, Florida,
"Ethics Issues and Law Office Risk Management - Avoiding
Claims," Lorman Education Services Seminar: Legal Ethics in Florida,
West Palm Beach, Florida, February 2005
for Risk Management," Hinshaw's annual Legal Malpractice and Risk
Management conference, Chicago, Illinois, February 2005
Malpractice, Ethics and Risk Management," Dade County and Broward
County Bar Associations, Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, May
"Duties to the Courts and the Profession," Illinois
Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, Chicago, Illinois,
"Solo and Small Firm Practice: From Cradle to
Grave," Nebraska State Bar Association, Lincoln, Nebraska, October
"Being an Effective and Ethical Advocate," Illinois
Professional Responsibility Institute, Chicago, Illinois, September
"Fees/Billing/Collection Issues," Illinois Professional
Responsibility Institute, Chicago, Illinois, March 2003
and Collecting Fees," Bar Association of San Francisco, San Francisco,
California, March 2003
Additional Office Locations:
One East Broward Blvd.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301