September 28, 2012
MATTER OF ATTORNEYS IN VIOLATION OF JUDICIARY LAW § 468-a AND 22 NYCRR 118.1, RESPONDENTS. ATTORNEY GRIEVANCE COMMITTEES FOR THE FOURTH JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT, PETITIONER.
PRESENT: CENTRA, J.P., PERADOTTO, LINDLEY AND MARTOCHE, JJ.
OPINION AND ORDER OF SUSPENSION ENTERED
The Grievance Committees moved to suspend respondents from the practice of law on the ground that they violated Judiciary Law § 468-a and 22 NYCRR 118.1 by failing to comply with attorney registration requirements. In support of the motion, the Grievance Committees alleged that they and the Office of Court Administration sent to respondents numerous written notices concerning their delinquency, and respondents failed to respond in any fashion. This Court, by order to show cause entered, directed respondents to file a written response setting forth why an order should not be entered suspending them for their failure to comply with attorney registration requirements. Respondents failed to respond to the order to show cause.
The failure to comply with attorney registration requirements violates Judiciary Law § 468-a and 22 NYCRR 118.1 and constitutes conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice warranting the imposition of discipline (see Matter of Attorneys in Violation of Judiciary Law
§ 468-a, 54 A.D.3d 9). Accordingly, we conclude that respondents, who are named on the attached list, should be immediately suspended until further order of this Court.
ATTORNEYS SUSPENDED FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH ATTORNEY REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS IN VIOLATION OF JUDICIARY LAW § 468-a AND 22 NYCRR 118.1
Name Attorney Registration No. Year Admitted Allen, David 4150330 2003 Ashby, Douglas G. 23050011990 Austin, Lauren Alisa 2646040 1995 Connelly, Sheryl Lee 2625499 1994 Cowan, Dana T. 1932516 1984 Gitter, Henry 2509198 1993 Godinho, Douglas Frederick 1358977 1965 Jasinski, James John 1603083 1977 O'Neill, Michael Jerry 19049111984 Remsen, Jr., Alfred Soule 1351956 1967 Schaeftler, Michael A. 1900869 1984 Smoral, M. J. 2307023 1990 Sorrentino, Jeanine Marie 2584076 1994