March 19, 2014
In the Matter of Ira F. Seplow, an attorney and counselor-at-law, resignor. Attorney Registration No. 1355734
Resignation tendered pursuant to 22 NYCRR 691.9 by Ira F. Seplow, who was admitted to the Bar at a term of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in the Second Judicial Department on March 1, 1978.
Diana M. Kearse, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Mark F. DeWan of counsel), for the Grievance Committee for the Second, Eleventh, and Thirteenth Judicial Districts.
Ira F. Seplow, Rockaway Park, N.Y., resignor pro se.
RANDALL T. ENG, P.J., WILLIAM F. MASTRO, REINALDO E. RIVERA, PETER B. SKELOS, MARK C. DILLON, JJ.
OPINION & ORDER
Ira F. Seplow has submitted an affidavit sworn to on October 24, 2013, wherein he tenders his resignation as an attorney and counselor-at-law (see 22 NYCRR 691.9). Mr. Seplow acknowledges in his affidavit that his resignation is freely and voluntarily rendered, that he is not being subjected to coercion or duress by anyone, and that he is fully aware of the implications of its submission.
Mr. Seplow acknowledges that the Grievance Committee for the Second, Eleventh, and Thirteenth Judicial Districts is currently investigating two complaints of professional misconduct against him, which allege that he neglected an estate matter entrusted to him by a client and mishandled client funds relating to a real estate transaction, and a sua sponte complaint based on his failure to re-register as an attorney with the Office of Court Administration since 2008. Mr. Seplow acknowledges that if charges were predicated on the aforementioned allegations, he could not successfully defend himself on the merits against such charges.
Mr. Seplow's resignation is submitted subject to any application 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)(a). He acknowledges the continuing jurisdiction of the Court to make such an order, which could be entered as a civil judgment against him pursuant to Judiciary Law § 90(6-a)(d). He specifically waives the opportunity afforded him by Judiciary Law § 90(6-a)(f) to be heard in opposition thereto.
The Grievance Committee recommends that the Court accept Mr. Seplow's proffered resignation.
Inasmuch as the proffered resignation complies with the requirements of 22 NYCRR 691.9, it is accepted, and, effective immediately, Mr. Seplow is disbarred, and his name is stricken from the roll of attorneys and counselors-at-law.
ENG, P.J., MASTRO, RIVERA, SKELOS and DILLON, JJ., concur.
ORDERED that the resignation of Ira F. Seplow is accepted and directed to be filed; and it is further,
ORDERED that pursuant to Judiciary Law § 90, effective immediately, Ira F. Seplow is disbarred and his name is stricken from the roll of attorneys and counselors-at-law; and it is further,
ORDERED that Ira F. Seplow shall comply with this Court's rules governing the conduct of disbarred, suspended, and resigned attorneys (see 22 NYCRR 691.10); and it is further,
ORDERED that pursuant to Judiciary Law § 90, effective immediately, Ira F. Seplow shall 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 advice in relation thereto, and (4) holding himself out in any way as an attorney and counselor-at-law; and it is further,
ORDERED that if Ira F. Seplow has been issued a secure pass by the Office of Court Administration, it shall be returned forthwith to the issuing agency, and he shall certify to the same in his affidavit of compliance pursuant to 22 NYCRR 691.10(f).