Two busy family law lawyers in Illinois, Michelle Mosby-Scott and Drew R. Quitschau spent hours sparring in court as opposing counsel on dozens of cases.
However, their professional relationship became complicated, even sinister, when Ms. Mosby-Scott learned her colleague had set up a false Match.com account in her name, describing her as separated from her spouse, an agnostic, and a fan of grocery stores, all restaurants, the Pizza Ranch, and buffets.
Ms. Mosby-Scott obtained a court order compelling Match.com to provide her with the details of the IP address related to the fake account, which led to Mr. Quitschau’s doorstep.
He had also downloaded photos from Ms. Mosby-Scott’s law firm website and added them to her Match.com account.
But he didn’t stop there. He created false accounts in her name with the Obesity Action Coalition, Pig International, Auto Trader, Diabetic Living, and Facebook, not to mention posting negative reviews of her legal skills on martindale.com and lawyers.com.
As a result she began receiving harassing emails and phone calls from these organizations.
When approached by Ms. Mosby-Scott and the managing partner of his law firm, Mr. Quitschau denied any involvement but an IT expert was retained who confirmed that Quitschau was lying. He was immediately fired from his law firm partnership.
Ms. Mosby-Scott obtained a restraining order against Mr. Quitschau and his conduct is the subject of a pending hearing before the Hearing Board of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. Ms. Mosby- Scott remains mystified as to Quitschau’s motive, conduct which caused serious emotional distress for her and her family.
Lawdiva aka Georgialee Lang