(Attorney Registration No. 2467926)
Calendar Date: January 9, 2012
Before: Peters, J.P., Lahtinen, Spain, Malone Jr. and Stein, JJ.
Respondent was admitted to practice by this Court in 1992 and maintained an office for the practice of law in New York City. He resides in New Jersey where he was also admitted to practice in 1991.
By order dated April 5, 2011, the Supreme Court of New Jersey temporarily suspended respondent from the practice of law until further order of that court. The order was based upon a petition by the New Jersey Office of Attorney Ethics submitting evidence that respondent failed to cooperate with its investigation that he misappropriated over $94,000 in settlement funds belonging to a client. Respondent did not reply to the New Jersey petition.
We grant petitioner's unopposed motion for an order imposing discipline pursuant to this Court's rules (see 22 NYCRR 806.19). We further conclude that respondent should be indefinitely suspended from the practice of law in this state, until further order of this Court (see Matter of Mitchell, 32 AD3d 1105 ).
Peters, J.P., Lahtinen, Spain, Malone Jr. and Stein, JJ., concur.
ORDERED that petitioner's motion is granted; and it is further
ORDERED that respondent is suspended from the practice of law for an indefinite period, effective immediately, and until further order of this Court; and it is further
ORDERED that, for the period of suspension, respondent is commanded to desist and refrain from the practice of law in any form, either as principal or as agent, clerk or employee of another; and respondent is hereby forbidden to appear as an attorney or counselor-at-law before any court, judge, justice, board, commission or other public authority, or to give to another an opinion as to the law or its application, or any advice in relation thereto; and it is further
ORDERED that respondent shall comply with the provisions of this Court's rules regulating the conduct of suspended attorneys (see 22 NYCRR 806.9).
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