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In re Rand

Supreme Court of New York, Second Department

March 22, 2017

In the Matter of Peter L. Rand, an attorney and counselor-at-law. Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District, petitioner; Peter L. Rand, respondent. (Attorney Registration No. 2449569)

          Mitchell T. Borkowsky, Hauppauge, NY (Daniel M. Mitola of counsel), for petitioner.

          Moran Karamouzis, LLP, Rockville Centre, NY (Grace D. Moran of counsel), for respondent.

          RANDALL T. ENG, P.J. REINALDO E. RIVERA MARK C. DILLON RUTH C. BALKIN CHERYL E. CHAMBERS, JJ.

          OPINION & ORDER

          PER CURIAM.

         DISCIPLINARY proceeding instituted by the Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District. By decision and order on motion of this Court dated November 5, 2015, the Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District was authorized to institute and prosecute a disciplinary proceeding against the respondent based on a verified petition dated May 28, 2015, and the matter was referred to the Honorable Michael F. Mullen, as Special Referee, to hear and report. By the same decision and order on motion, that branch of the Grievance Committee's motion which was to immediately suspend the respondent was denied. The respondent was admitted to the bar at a term of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in the Second Judicial Department on February 19, 1992.

         The Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District served the respondent with a verified petition containing five charges of professional misconduct. After a hearing on February 10, 2016, the Special Referee sustained the charges. The Grievance Committee now moves to confirm the Special Referee's report and to impose such discipline upon the respondent as the Court deems just and appropriate. The respondent has cross-moved to confirm the report and asks the Court to consider various mitigating factors with regard to the imposition of sanction.

         Charge one alleges that the respondent engaged in conduct adversely reflecting on his fitness as a lawyer, in violation of rule 8.4(d) of the Rules of Professional Conduct (22 NYCRR 1200.0), as follows: Serina M. Guglielmetti filed a complaint dated July 31, 2014, alleging that, after paying a retainer in the sum of $5, 000 and the sum of $1, 000 in anticipated court fees to probate a will, the respondent failed to probate the will and failed to return any of Ms. Guglielmetti's telephone calls or emails.

         By letter dated November 3, 2014, sent by first class mail to the respondent at his law office located at One John Street, #202, Babylon, NY, 11702, the respondent was provided a copy of the Guglielmetti complaint, and directed to submit a written answer within 10 days of his receipt thereof. The respondent failed to submit a response.

         By letter dated December 12, 2014, sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the respondent's law office, the respondent was provided with a copy of the letter dated November 3, 2014, and advised that his failure to respond or otherwise cooperate with the Grievance Committee constituted professional misconduct independent of the merits of the underlying complaint. The letter further requested that the respondent submit a written answer within 10 days of his receipt thereof. The return receipt card was returned reflecting delivery. The respondent failed to submit a response.

         By letter dated January 13, 2015, sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the respondent's law office, the respondent was provided with a copy of the letter dated December 12, 2014, was advised that the Grievance Committee was authorized to seek his immediate suspension from the practice of law if he failed to cooperate with the disciplinary investigation, and was asked to submit a written answer within 10 days of his receipt thereof. The return receipt card was returned reflecting delivery. The respondent failed to submit a response.

         On February 20, 2015, judicial subpoenas dated February 9, 2015, were personally served on the respondent directing him to provide the entire file regarding the Guglielmetti matter by February 25, 2015, and directing him to appear at the Grievance Committee's offices for an examination under oath on March 3, 2015. The respondent failed to contact the Grievance Committee, failed to provide the file or any part thereof, and failed to appear.

         On March 12, 2015, judicial subpoenas dated March 6, 2015, were personally served on the respondent directing him to provide the entire file regarding the Guglielmetti matter by March 26, 2015, and directing him to appear at the Grievance Committee for an examination under oath on March 30, 2015. The respondent failed to contact the Grievance Committee, failed to provide the file or any part thereof, and failed to appear.

         Charge two alleges that the respondent engaged in conduct adversely reflecting on his fitness as a lawyer, in violation of rule 8.4(h) of the Rules of Professional Conduct (22 NYCRR 1200.0), based on the factual specifications alleged in charge one.

         Charge three alleges that the respondent neglected a legal matter entrusted to him, in violation of rule 1.3(b) of the Rules of Professional Conduct (22 NYCRR 1200.0), as follows: On or about October 17, 2012, the respondent was retained by Serina M. Guglielmetti, as executor of the estate of Sophia Chetta, to probate Ms. Chetta's will. On the same date, the respondent received a retainer of $5, 000 and another $1, 000 in anticipated court fees. The respondent failed to probate the will, and failed to return any of Ms. Guglielmetti's phone calls or emails. On or about May 3, 2013, the respondent was contacted by successor counsel who requested ...


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