Thursday, July 3, 2014

Failure To Prevent Bogus Law Office Leads To Resignation, Disbarment

The New York Appellate Division for the Second Judicial Department has accepted the resignation of an attorney and ordered his disbarment.

The attorney faced the following charges is alleged that he: (1) failed to prevent or timely discover that Michael Schlussel, a disbarred lawyer, had established "an entirely separate and related law office" in the resignor's name, and used that bogus law office to engage in the unauthorized practice of law, as well as to commit one or more attorney conduct violations in connection with legal matters entrusted to the bogus law office; (2) failed to timely discover that his brother, Mark Savran, a nonlawyer who worked in the resignor's actual law office, had (a) permitted Ms. Eualee Guy-Lodge and Mr. Fausto De Los Santos to ostensibly retain the resignor's services, (b) received funds from these purported clients, and (c) thereafter ignored the legal matters he told these individuals had been entrusted to the resignor's office, without the resignor's knowledge or authority; (3) failed to take appropriate action to halt and/or remediate the foregoing conduct at a time when he could have done so; and (4) failed to cooperate with the efforts of the Grievance Committee for the Ninth Judicial District to investigate the Guy-Lodge and De Los Santos matters.

(Mike Frisch)

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