Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Reinstatement Failure To Disclose Draws Disbarment

An attorney who had been suspended for a year and been reinstated has now suffered disbarment at the hands of the New York Appellate Division for the Second Judicial Department

The verified petition contains nine charges, alleging, inter alia, that the respondent engaged in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice by failing to cooperate with the Grievance Committee’s investigation of a complaint filed by Michael Diederich, Jr., Esq., and engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation by testifying falsely at an examination under oath conducted by the Grievance Committee and, in connection with her motion for reinstatement under Appellate Division Docket No. 2001-08741, by failing to disclose in her reinstatement affidavit dated April 14, 2004, a debt stemming from a $10,000 loan given to her by a client. The notice of petition directed the respondent to serve and file her answer to the verified petition within 20 days after service upon her of the verified petition. To date, the respondent has neither served or filed an answer to the verified petition, as directed, nor requested additional time in which to do so.

In light of no response

 the Grievance Committee’s motion is granted, the charges in the verified petition are deemed established, and, effective immediately, the respondent is disbarred and her name is stricken from the roll of attorneys and counselors-at-law.

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