Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Pink Slip

Reciprocal disbarment has been imposed by the New York Appellate Division for the First Judicial Department based on that same sanction in Florida.

The Florida Bar commenced disciplinary proceedings against respondent by filing a complaint on December 11, 2012, alleging, inter alia, that after being banned by a company now known as OTC Markets Group (formerly Pink Sheets) from issuing opinion letters for failure to conduct due diligence, respondent continued to issue opinion letters by forming a corporation (Complete Legal Solutions, Inc.), listing his niece (an attorney admitted to practice in Florida and Texas) as an officer, and forging his niece's signature on several opinion letters without her knowledge or consent.

In response to the disciplinary charges in Florida, respondent initially appeared before a Referee at a telephonic hearing and denied the charges in an answer. However, respondent thereafter failed to appear at a scheduling conference and a subsequent hearing on an order to show cause as to why he should not be sanctioned for failing to attend the prior conference. The Referee ultimately found respondent in default after his failure to appear, found him guilty of the misconduct alleged in the charges, and recommended that he be disbarred from the practice of law with leave to reapply for admission in five years. By order of January 13, 2014, the Supreme Court of Florida adopted in full the Referee's report and disbarred respondent.

The disciplinary committee was not notified by the attorney as required by statute. Rather, it learned of the sanction as a result of litigation initiated by the SEC.

Footnote one

Respondent currently resides in the Dominican Republic, and has changed his name to "Marcelo Dominquez De Guerra."  

He is disbarred as Guy M. Jean-Pierre. (Mike Frisch)


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