The Illinois Supreme Court censured a lawyer for her alleged actions involving a workers’ compensation suit.
Elizabeth Jane Barringer, a St. Louis, Ill., attorney, was accused of having ex parte communications with Jennifer Teague, an arbitrator for the Workers’ Compensation Commission, according to the Madison Record.
In 2009 and 2010, Barringer allegedly exchanged ex parte emails with Teague regarding cases before the commission, according to a complaint.
In emails to Teague, the complaint alleges Barringer referred to one of her clients as “crazy pro se” and called opposing counsel an “idiot.”
The complaint, filed in July 2011, accused two other lawyers, Caryn Nadenbush and Kerry O’Sullivan, of holding ex parte communications. O’Sullivan was censured, while Nadenbush, who worked with Barringer at Hennessy & Roach, has not had her disciplinary hearing yet.
Teague later resigned from the position.