Wednesday, July 6, 2011
The New York Appellate Division for the Second Judicial Department has disbarred an attorney convicted of practicing law while under disciplinary suspension:
By opinion and order of this Court dated March 22, 2004, the respondent was suspended from the practice of law for a period of two years, commencing April 26, 2004. On May 18, 2004, and June 22, 2004, in Nassau County, the respondent engaged in settlement conferences and/or negotiations on behalf of a client with a representative of an insurance carrier while holding himself out as an attorney.
On September 29, 2006, in the District Court, Nassau County, before the Honorable Christopher G. Quinn, the respondent pleaded guilty to the crime of practice of law by an attorney who has been disbarred, suspended, or convicted of a felony, in violation of Judiciary Law § 486. The respondent admitted that, between May 18, 2004, and June 22, 2004, knowing that he was suspended from the practice of law, he held himself out to be an attorney and engaged in settlement conferences and/or negotiations on behalf of a client with a representative of an insurance carrier. He was sentenced, upon his plea of guilty, to a conditional discharge and a fine of $1,000.
Courts tend to frown on this form of misbehavior. (Mike Frisch)