Monday, November 20, 2023

A Similar Name

A summary of an Affidavit of Resignation accepted by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

The Petition for Discipline, the allegations of which were admitted for purposes of the Affidavit of Resignation, reflects that the respondent was charged with misrepresenting his professional background, experience, bar admissions and certifications to Sonesta International Hotels Corporation, a potential employer, in the hopes of securing employment there as an associate general counsel. He did this by appropriating the credentials of a better-qualified lawyer with a similar name. After Sonesta confronted the respondent, having checked his references and discovered irregularity, the respondent withdrew his application. Sonesta reported him to bar counsel, whereupon he knowingly and intentionally lied and provided false and misleading information.

Bar Counsel's position

As he was required to do under Board Policy No. 17, bar counsel submitted a letter to the Board addressing whether the conduct at issue would warrant disbarment. Bar counsel concluded that the misconduct would likely result in a term suspension, but not disbarment. Nonetheless, by vote dated October 10, 2023, the Board of Bar Overseers recommended to the S.J.C. that accept the respondent’s Affidavit of Resignation as a disciplinary sanction.

On November 1, 2023, the Single Justice (Kafker, J.) accepted the respondent’s Affidavit of Resignation as a disciplinary sanction.

(Mike Frisch)

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