Wednesday, September 26, 2007
The New York First Judicial Department disbarred an attorney had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor "involving his unlawful solicitation of business." In a seperate proceeding, the attorney was found to have engaged in extensive misconduct involving six clients. The attorney hired a non-attorney to solicit clients from hospital clerks. The lawyer paid the runner approximately $1,000 per referral. The payments totalled over $100,000. He deducted the payments on his tax returns "as business and personal expenses" and had not amended his returns to eliminate the improper deductions.
The court had earlier concluded that the solicitation offense was a serious crime and suspended the lawyer pending resolution of the ethics charges. (Mike Frisch)