January 12, 2011
Firm Pays For Dates, Disbarment Imposed
The New Jersey Supreme Court has imposed disbarment as recommended by its Disciplinary Board of a former Fox Rothschild and Margolis Edelstein partner for what the board described as a "premeditated, continuous, and extensive fraudulent scheme" relating to the submission of falsified entries into the time-keeping systems of both firms.
The attorney also engaged in a conflict of interest by entering into a sexual relationship with a divorce client. The attorney denied the relationship with the client, which the board found established by "numerous e-mail exchanges..."
Finally, the attorney submitted reimbursement vouchers to Margolis Edelstein to have the firm pay for dinners with two women he met through an Internet dating service by claiming they were "potential clients or potential souces of client referrals." Presumably, this was not the sort of business development that the firm wished to fund.
A special master had proposed an eighteen month suspension. The court's order of disbarment is attached to the board's recommendation. (Mike Frisch)
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