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Decided on April 17, 2012
SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION First Judicial Department
Luis A. Gonzalez,Presiding Justice,
Peter Tom Richard T. Andrias Rolando T. Acosta Helen E. Freedman,Justices.
Disciplinary proceedings instituted by the Departmental Disciplinary Committee for the First Judicial Department. Respondent, Brian H. Reis, was admitted to the Bar of the State of New York at a Term of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court for the First Judicial Department on March 2, 1992.
IN THE MATTER OF BRIAN H. REIS, AN ATTORNEY
Respondent was admitted to the practice of law in the State of New York by the First Judicial Department on March 2, 1992, under the name Brian Howard Reis. At the times relevant to this proceeding, respondent maintained an office for the practice of law within the First Judicial Department.
The Departmental Disciplinary Committee seeks an order pursuant to 22 NYCRR 603.4(e)(1)(i) and (iii) immediately suspending respondent from the practice of law until further order of this Court based upon his willful failure to cooperate with the Committee in its investigation of allegations of professional misconduct and other uncontested evidence of misconduct which immediately threatens the public interest.
The Committee opened a sua sponte investigation into respondent's professional conduct based upon an August 27, 2010 notice from the Lawyer's Fund for Client Protection stating that a check in the amount of $2,000 from his escrow fund had been dishonored due to insufficient funds. Respondent was given a copy of this notice and asked to provide an explanation and his bank records and bookkeeping ledgers pertaining to his business and escrow ...