Tom Lakin loses law license

Once the most powerful lawyer in southern Illinois, Lowell Thomas Lakin has voluntarily given up his license to practice law in Illinois.

According to the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, the veteran plaintiff's attorney who established the Lakin Law Firm cannot practice law in Illinois.

Lakin, who was licensed on Oct. 6, 1970, went on inactive status March 20, said ARDC spokesman James Grogan. The ARDC investigates and prosecutes misconduct complaints and maintains registration and discipline information for lawyers licensed to practice in Illinois.

Lakin, 66, is facing a civil sexual abuse lawsuit in which he is accused of having sex with a 15-year-old boy, among other things. His sons Bradley Lakin and Kristopher Lakin are accused of covering up the abuse.

When Governor Joe Manchin said 'West Virginia's Open for Business, I do not think he meant that out-of-state lawyers were free to come into West Virginia and attempt to steal the clients of our State lawyers while violating our Rules of Professional Conduct.”

— West Virginia Court of Appeals Justice Larry Starcher stated in a dissent that the court should have gone further by also barring the Lakin Law Firm from practicing in West Virginia.