Lawyer: Offices will stay open during suspension
DANVILLE — Attorney Warren E. Danz said Wednesday his law offices in Danville and three other central Illinois cities will remain open while he serves a 30-day suspension for improper conduct.
Danz was sanctioned in May by the Illinois Supreme Court for "improperly advanced financial assistance to clients and (making) false statements to the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission to impede the investigation into his conduction," according to the agency.
The suspension is effective on June 12. Danz also was ordered to successfully complete the ARDC seminar on professionalism.
Danz called the matter "ridiculous" when contacted at his Danville office.
"I gave three loans to friends, and they said that was improper," he said. "That's ridiculous. ... They were also clients of mine."
He said other staff will handle cases and operations during his suspension.
Danz, who was licensed in 1969, also has offices in Peoria, Decatur and Springfield. His website says they concentrate on workers' compensation, personal injury and Social Security disability.
The ARDC is an Illinois Supreme Court agency that investigates alleged wrongdoings by Illinois attorneys, holds hearings on specific charges and recommends discipline where warranted. It is composed of seven members, including three non-lawyers.
The agency is funded through yearly fees, which are imposed on most of the 92,000 attorneys who are licensed in Illinois. No tax dollars are used to support the disciplinary system.