Monday, September 9, 2013
The New Jersey Supreme Court has censured an attorney who formed an impermissible partnership and shared fees with non-lawyers.
According to the report of the Disciplinary Review Board, the attorney admitted the violation but
...pointed out, however, that his clients had received quality services and that not one had been negatively affected by his arrangement with [his two partners]. He stated to the [District Ethics Committee], "I ask that you punish me accordingly but that you take into consideration the good work I've done, the lack of malice in my heart, and again I am truly, truly sorry that we have to panel this."
The attorney supervised the non-lawyer work in approximately seventy-seven bankruptcy and mortgage modification matters over a period of 4 1/2 months. (Mike Frisch)