A former Ladas & Perry partner, Woochoon William Park, has been ordered to pay Ladas & perry nearly $60,000 in sanctions for taking and destroying documents from the firm when he left to start his own competing firm. He also is now facing a complaint with the Illinois Attorney Registration & Discipline Commission from these actions.
Park apparently downloaded 75,000 electronic filed from Ladas & Perry during a 5 month span while he was still a partner, yet was making plans to start his own competing IP firm. Included in these downloaded documents was a client directory, client files, forms and templates.
The complaint filed with the IARDC alleges the theft and destruction of the documents, as well that Park neglected client matters while working at Ladas. He has been charged with violating IL Rule 1.3 (failure to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client), Rule 1.4 (failure to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter), Rule 8.4(d) (conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice), and conduct that tends to defeat the administration of justice, or to bring the courts or the legal profession into disrepute.