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November 17, 2010 5:58 PM

Suspensions for Former Seyfarth, Schiff Associates Over Sex Incident

Posted by Tom Huddleston Jr.

The Illinois Supreme Court has suspended the law licenses of two former Am Law 200 associates in connection with their roles in a drunken sexual encounter with a Wisconsin woman in 2005, reports sibling publication The National Law Journal.

The ruling, issued November 12, suspends former Seyfarth Shaw associate Stephan Addison for 60 days and former Schiff Hardin associate Benjamin Butler for 30 days, according to the NLJ.  In imposing the suspensions, the NLJ notes, the court was following the recommendation from the Illinois Attorney Reigstration and Disciplinary Commission.

At issue, according to the NLJ, was an August 2005 incident in Green Lake, Wi. According to the disciplinary commission's report, the NLJ writes, Addison and Butler accepted a ride home from a woman following a night of bar-hopping. At some point, the two told the woman that they were lawyers and gave her their business cards.

Before reaching the two men's destination, the woman pulled the car over, and, according the NLJ's account of the disciplinary commission report, engaged in sex acts with the pair on the hood of the car.

The NLJ reports that after the woman complained to authorities about the incident, prosecutors initially charged both men with sexual assault. Addison ultimately pleaded no contest to reduced charges of recklessly endangering the woman's safety and sexual gratification involving oral sex in a public place, according to the NLJ. He was sentenced to three years' probation; five years' confinement, which was stayed in full; and 300 hours of community service. Butler pleaded no contest a reduced charge of reckless endangerment, according to the NLJ. He was sentenced to three years' probation; 18 months' confinement, stayed in full; and 300 hours of community service.

The suspensions are scheduled to take effect on December 3.



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