New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department
June 28, 2012
IN THE MATTER OF H. ALLEN WHITEHEAD, A SUSPENDED ATTORNEY: DEPARTMENTAL DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE FOR THE FIRST JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT, PETITIONER, H. ALLEN WHITEHEAD, RESPONDENT.
Matter of Whitehead
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Decided on June 28, 2012
SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION First Judicial Department
Luis A. Gonzalez,Presiding Justice, Richard T. Andrias David B. Saxe David Friedman James M. Catterson,Justices.
Disciplinary proceedings instituted by the Departmental Disciplinary Committee for the First Judicial Department. Respondent, H. Allen Whitehead, was admitted to the Bar of the State of New York at a Term of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court for the Third Judicial Department on May 13, 1997.
Respondent H. Allen Whitehead was admitted to the practice of law in the State of New York by the Third Judicial Department on May 13, 1997. He was also admitted to the practice of law in the District of Columbia in 1991, and in the state of Maryland in 1973. He was disbarred, on consent, from the District of Columbia bar (see Matter of Whitehead, 863 A2d 820 [DC 2004]), suspended and subsequently disbarred from the Maryland bar (see Attorney Grievance Commission v Whitehead, 405 Md 240, 950 A2d 798, 813 ), and is currently suspended in this state by order of this Court in the context of a previous reciprocal discipline proceeding (see Matter of Whitehead, 37 AD3d 86 ). The foregoing determinations all arose out of respondent's misuse of the proceeds of a medical malpractice settlement awarded to a disabled ward for whom he had been appointed conservator by the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
The Departmental Disciplinary Committee now moves, pursuant to 22 NYCRR 603.11, for an order accepting respondent's resignation from the practice of law and to strike his name from the roll of attorneys. Respondent's affidavit of resignation, sworn to on April 10, 2012, states that (1) his resignation is submitted freely, voluntarily and without coercion or duress, and that he is fully aware of the implications of submitting his resignation, (2) he is aware that the Committee has opened an investigation into his professional misconduct based on his disbarrment in Maryland, and (3) if a reciprocal disciplinary proceeding were brought predicated upon the Maryland charges, he would be unable to successfully defend himself (see 22 NYCRR 603.11[a]-). Because his affidavit complies with section 603.11, the Committee's motion is granted.
Accordingly, respondent's resignation from the practice of law should be accepted, and his name stricken from the roll of attorneys, effective nunc pro tunc to April 10, 2012. All concur. Order filed [June 28, 2012]. Gonzalez,P.J., Andrias, Saxe, Friedman, and Catterson, JJ.
Respondent's name stricken from the roll of attorneys and counselors-at-law in the State of New York, nunc pro tunc to April 10, 2012. Opinion Per Curiam. All concur.
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