Chicago Mob Lawyer Lopez Suspended from Practicing Law in IL and Fined

Chicago Mob Lawyer Lopez Suspended from Practicing Law in IL and FinedSource: Google Street View
Jo Marquez
Published on November 29, 2023

The notorious Chicago attorney, Joe "The Shark" Lopez, famed for defending mobsters and high-profile criminals, has officially been suspended from practicing in federal court for a half-year stretch and slapped with a $5,000 fine. According to The Chicago Tribune, the suspension comes after Lopez broke several key rules for lawyers, among them the confidentiality of information and obligations to former clients.

Lopez's trouble began to aggressively swim to the surface when he took to social media, lashing out at a past drug client who turn witness for the government, dubbing him "King Rudy" and "Fruity Tutti Rudy." U.S. District Chief Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer was the one to deliver the suspension, which bars Lopez from the Northern District of Illinois. He is also required to complete eight hours of continuing legal education courses, a result clearly outlined on the Northern District of Illinois Attorney Discipline website, as noted by ABC7 Chicago.

The ripple effect of his social media rants not only brought upon him a professional penalty but threw a stark light on the internal tensions and dangerous undercurrents of the criminal world. Judge Pallmeyer wasn't shy about asserting that Lopez trampled on the rules of conduct for attorneys. Lopez has to also notify all affected clients of his suspension within a three-week window. When reached for a comment by the Chicago Tribune, the lawyer declined to provide specifics but assured he'd follow the court's lead.

Joe Lopez isn't new to the courtroom drama, having previously fought against allegations of his own back in 2015—this time, not in the role of the defender, but as the accused after an altercation involving striking his own client. Nevertheless, he was acquitted, with the defense painted by the late Edward Genson.