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 September 30, 2009, the respondent was suspended from the practice of law pursuant to 22 NYCRR 691.4(l)(1)(ii) and (iii), the Grievance Committee for the Second, Eleventh, and Thirteenth Judicial Districts was authorized to institute and prosecute a disciplinary proceeding against him, and the issues raised were referred to the Honorable Stella Schindler 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 Second Judicial Department on February 6, 1980, under the name Cesar G. Cardona, Jr., has now submitted an affidavit of resignation dated December 4, 2009.
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A. GAIL PRUDENTI, P.J., WILLIAM F. MASTRO, REINALDO E. RIVERA PETER B. SKELOS and MARK C. DILLON, JJ.
The respondent avers that his resignation is submitted freely and voluntarily and that he is not being subjected to coercion or duress. He is fully aware of the implications of its submission, including being barred by Judiciary Law § 90 from seeking reinstatement for a period of at least seven years.
The respondent is aware that the Grievance Committee for the Second, Eleventh, and Thirteenth Judicial Districts (hereinafter the Grievance Committee) has commenced a disciplinary proceeding against him. He acknowledges that the Grievance Committee served him with a petition dated June 9, 2009, containing three charges of professional misconduct against him, alleging that he converted funds entrusted to him as a fiduciary, incident to his practice of law, and that he failed to maintain required bookkeeping records. The respondent acknowledges that he cannot successfully defend himself on the merits against these charges.
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. He is aware that any order issued pursuant to that statute could be entered as a civil judgment against him. He 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 respondent's resignation.
Inasmuch as the proffered 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 authorized by order of this Court dated September 30, 2009, is discontinued in light of the respondent's resignation. PRUDENTI, P.J., MASTRO, RIVERA, SKELOS and DILLON, JJ., concur.
ORDERED that the resignation of Cesar G. Cardona, admitted as Cesar G. Cardona, Jr., is accepted and directed to be filed; and it is further,
ORDERED that pursuant to Judiciary Law § 90, effective immediately, Cesar G. Cardona, admitted as Cesar G. Cardona, Jr., is disbarred and his name is stricken from the roll of attorneys and counselors-at-law; and it is further,
ORDERED that Cesar G. Cardona, admitted as Cesar G. Cardona, Jr., shall continue to comply with this Court's rules governing the conduct of disbarred, suspended, and resigned attorneys (22 NYCRR 691.10); and it is further,
ORDERED that pursuant to Judiciary Law § 90, effective immediately, Cesar G. Cardona, admitted as Cesar G. Cardona, Jr., is commanded to continue to desist and refrain from (l) practicing law in any form, either as principal or as agent, clerk, or employee of another, (2) appearing as an attorney or counselor-at-law before any court, Judge, Justice, board, commission, or other public authority, (3) giving to another an opinion as to the law or its application or any ...