Attorney panel recommends suspending Jax lawyer’s license for a year

By Gary Scott on January 23, 2016 at 1:03pm

A panel for Illinois attorneys is recommending a year-long suspension of a Jacksonville lawyer’s practicing license.

A three-person board for the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission recommended Thursday that G. Ronald Kesinger’s license be suspended for a year, followed by an order that Kesinger apply to the Illinois Supreme Court to be reinstated.

A complaint filed last June accused Kessinger of having a conflict of interest by buying the foreclosed home of two people he had represented in the foreclosure proceedings.

The complaint alleged Kesinger knew the purchase of the home would subject the couple to a deficiency judgment, which totaled about $26-thousand after interest.

Another complaint filed last year accused Kesinger of obtaining a loan from a client and submitting a false application for a loan.

The ARDC board held a hearing that determined the misconduct charges were proven in making its recommendation.

Previously, Kesinger was censured as the result of a complaint in 1999 and suspended in 2013 for six months after allegedly revealing confidential information told to him by a client that resulted in that client’s conviction for felony-murder.