Monday, May 5, 2008
An attorney who had failed to comply with legitimate demands for a response to bar complaint was suspended for six months by the New York Appellate Division for the Second Judicial Department. The attorney had noted "that any explanation he could offer for not responding would be meaningless since it was an obligation not fulfilled, and that severe family illnesses which included a heart attack and cancer surgery in October 2005, 'are excuses, and that is all they are.' "
The attorney had a "quite extensive" disciplinary history that included three Letters of Admonition and a Letter of Caution. Suspension was deemed appropriate because:
Notwithstanding the serious health problems which beset the respondent's family, his ultimate cooperation with the Grievance Committee, and his commendable candor, he has evinced an inability to learn from the numerous warnings issued to him by the Grievance Committee and has put the Grievance Committee to an inordinate amount of trouble. Under the totality of circumstances, the respondent is suspended from the practice of law for a period of six months.