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A. GAIL PRUDENTI, P.J., WILLIAM F. MASTRO, REINALDO E. RIVERA, PETER B. SKELOS, STEVEN W. FISHER, JJ.
DISCIPLINARY proceeding instituted by the Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District. By decision and order on application dated April 15, 2008, this Court authorized the Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District to institute and prosecute a disciplinary proceeding against the respondent and the issues raised were referred to the Honorable Vincent Pizzuto, as Special Referee to hear and report. The respondent was admitted to the Bar at a term of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in the Second Judicial Department on January 8, 1997, under the name Floyd Talmadge Ewing III. He has now submitted an affidavit of resignation dated June 11, 2008.
In his affidavit of resignation, the respondent acknowledges that there are currently three pending investigations being conducted by the Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District (hereinafter the Grievance Committee) into allegations of his professional misconduct. The respondent admits that he was retained by Kenya Zachary in or about late 2002 to initiate a legal malpractice action against a real estate attorney. He allegedly neglected Ms. Zachary's case by failing to file a motion for summary judgment or a motion to preclude the defendant from offering evidence at trial and failing to communicate with Ms. Zachary.
On or about May 3, 2004, the respondent was retained by Edward Forte to represent him in a lawsuit against an air conditioning contractor. He allegedly neglected that matter by failing to file a summons and complaint, failing to provide Mr. Forte with requested documents, and failing to communicate with Mr. Forte.
On or about December 11, 2003, the respondent was retained by Daryl Godfrey in an employment discrimination action. The respondent allegedly accepted a retainer in the sum of approximately $8,000 from Mr. Godfrey, neglected to oppose a motion for summary judgment, failed to communicate with Mr. Godfrey, failed to abide by two orders issued by United States District Court Judge Dora L. Irizarry, and was found in civil contempt and sanctioned.
The respondent acknowledges his inability to successfully defend himself on the merits against the charges initiated against him by the Grievance Committee based on the aforesaid facts.
The respondent avers that his resignation is freely and voluntarily tendered and that he is not being subjected to coercion or duress by anyone.
The respondent has discussed his resignation with his attorney and others whose advice and counsel he respects and is aware of the implications of its submission, including being barred by Judiciary Law § 90 and the Rules of the Appellate Division, Second Department, from seeking reinstatement for at least seven years.
The respondent's resignation is submitted subject to any application which could be made by the Grievance Committee for an order directing that he make restitution and that he reimburse the Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection pursuant to Judiciary Law § 90(6-a). He acknowledges the continuing jurisdiction of the Court to make such an order, which could be entered as a civil judgment against him, and he specifically waives the opportunity afforded him by Judiciary Law § 90(6-a)(f) to be heard in opposition thereto.
The Grievance Committee recommends acceptance of the resignation.
Inasmuch as the proffered resignation comports with all appropriate Court Rules, it is accepted, and effective immediately, the respondent is disbarred and his name is stricken from the roll of attorneys and counselors-at-law. The disciplinary proceeding previously authorized by this Court's decision and order on ...