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A. GAIL PRUDENTI, P.J., WILLIAM F. MASTRO, REINALDO E. RIVERA, PETER B. SKELOS, JOSEPH COVELLO, JJ.
DISCIPLINARY proceeding instituted by the Grievance Committee for the Second, Eleventh, and Thirteenth Judicial Districts. By decision and order on motion of this Court dated May 12, 2009, the respondent was immediately suspended pursuant to Judiciary Law § 90(4)(f) as a result of his conviction of the serious crime of criminal facilitation in the fourth degree, the Grievance Committee was authorized to institute and prosecute a disciplinary proceeding against him, and the issues raised were referred to the Honorable Henry E. Seidell, as Special Referee to hear and report. The respondent, who was admitted to the Bar at a term of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in the Third Judicial Department on August 25, 1992, under the name John Davis Lewis, has now submitted an affidavit of resignation dated July 7, 2009.
The respondent avers that he is resigning freely and voluntarily, with a full awareness of the implications of submitting a resignation, including being barred by Judiciary Law § 90 from seeking reinstatement for at least seven years. He is aware that he is the subject of a disciplinary proceeding commenced by the Grievance Committee for the Second, Eleventh, and Thirteenth Judicial Districts (hereinafter the Grievance Committee) based upon his conviction of a serious crime, as defined by Judiciary Law § 90(4)(d).
On October 21, 2008, the respondent pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court, Queens County, to one count of criminal facilitation in the fourth degree, a class A misdemeanor. He was sentenced on or about December 3, 2008, to a conditional discharge, with no surcharge, in light of the fact that he paid restitution in the sum of $100,000. The respondent acknowledges that the Grievance Committee has served upon him a notice of petition and petition, dated May 27, 2009, containing one charge of professional misconduct predicated upon his conviction of a serious crime. The respondent attests to his inability to successfully defend himself on the merits against this charge.
The respondent's resignation is submitted subject to any application which could be made by the Grievance Committee for an order directing him to make restitution and to 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 and is aware that any order issued pursuant to this statute could be entered as a civil judgment against him. The respondent specifically waives the opportunity afforded by Judiciary Law § 90(6-a)(f) to be heard in opposition thereto.
The Grievance Committee recommends acceptance of the proffered resignation.
Inasmuch as the respondent's resignation complies with the requirements of 22 NYCRR 691.9, 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 is discontinued in view of the respondent's resignation.
PRUDENTI, P.J., MASTRO, RIVERA, SKELOS and COVELLO, JJ., concur.
ORDERED that the resignation of John D. Lewis, admitted as John Davis Lewis, is accepted and directed to be filed; and it is further,
ORDERED that pursuant to Judiciary Law § 90, effective immediately, John D. Lewis, admitted as John Davis Lewis, is disbarred and his name is stricken from the roll of attorneys and counselors-at-law; and it is further,
ORDERED that John D. Lewis, admitted as John Davis Lewis, shall continue to comply with this Court's rules governing the conduct of disbarred, suspended, and resigned ...