A lawyer who set up a fake Match.com account in the name of a real-life female attorney in the same Illinois town has drawn the ire of the state’s disciplinary commission.
Drew Quitschau, formerly a partner at Thomson & Weintraub in Bloomington, Illinois, created the fake profile using pictures of another Bloomington attorney, who he said on the dating site profile liked NASCAR, smoked and was separated from her husband, according to a complaint filed by the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. Quitschau used the firm’s computers to create the profile, behavior that was discovered after the firm initiated an internal investigation, the complaint alleges.
The Aug. 4 complaint does not identify the woman attorney, but the Bloomington newspaper The Pantagraph reported in March that attorney Michelle Mosby-Scott, who was married, had sought a no-contact order against Quitschau in connection with her lawsuit against him over the Match.com account and other accounts he set up in her name.
In addition to establishing the Match.com account, the complaint asserts that Quitschau completed an online registration using her name for an organization entitled Obesity Action Coalition, so that she would become a member of OAC and receive materials from the organization. She began receiving daily emails from Apollo Endo-surgery and received a lap-band kit in the mail at her business address. He also registered her with Pig International, a global nutrition and health publication for pork production. Members of Pig International receive daily emails about pork production.
Quitschau, according to The Pantagraph, admitted to setting up the accounts. He was fired from Thomson & Weintraub in February after the firm discovered behavior, the newspaper quoted a firm attorney as saying. Mosby-Scott told The Pantagraph that she had no idea why Quitschau had created the accounts.
Quitschau could not be reached for comment. An attorney who had represented him in the litigation with Mosby-Scott said he was not representing Quitschau in the disciplinary action and declined to comment. Thomson & Weintraub partner Terence Kelly did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment. A receptionists at Allison & Mosby-Scott said Mosby-Scott was not available.
Quitschau graduated in 2002 from University of Arkansas School of Law, where he was on law review, according to his Linkedin profile. His practice focused on family law, real estate transactions, collections, and estate planning. He started at Thomson & Weintraub, which has five partners, as an associate in 2003 and became partner in 2012.
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