Ex-Sidley lawyer accused of stealing almost $120,000 from firm

A former Sidley Austin LLP partner and global coordinator of its real estate practice was accused of stealing nearly $120,000 from the Chicago-based law firm by the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.

The complaint against Lee Smolen, 53, who left Sidley last fall and joined DLA Piper US LLP’s Chicago office in February, requests that the matter be assigned to a panel for further investigation and possible discipline, according to Am Law Daily.

Sidley and a lawyer for Mr. Smolen declined to comment, the report said. Mr. Smolen was accused of submitting for reimbursement more than 800 false receipts totaling $69,000 for taxi rides he had not taken, plus thousands more in entertainment expenses “that had not been incurred for legitimate firm purposes.”

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Ex-Sidley lawyer accused of stealing almost $120,000 from firm

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2 Responses to “Ex-Sidley lawyer accused of stealing almost $120,000 from firm”

  1. Thelma Says:

    It's there for the taking if no on is watching!

  2. Nathan Says:

    This is what ARCD should be doing instead of pursuing Ken Ditkowsky for standing up against elder abuse!

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