In the Matter of Israel A. Burns, admitted as Israel Adam Burns, an attorney and counselor-at-law, respondent. (Attorney Registration No. 5050414)
Maxfield Kearse, Brooklyn, NY (David W. Chandler of counsel),
for Grievance Committee for the Second, Eleventh, and
Thirteenth Judicial Districts.
Kenneth E. Belkin, New York, NY, for respondent.
RANDALL T. ENG, P.J. REINALDO E. RIVERA MARK C. DILLON RUTH
C. BALKIN FRANCESCA E. CONNOLLY, JJ.
OPINION & ORDER
pursuant to 22 NYCRR 1240.10 by Israel A. Burns, who was
admitted to the Bar at a term of the Appellate Division of
the Supreme Court in the Second Judicial Department on August
15, 2012, under the name Israel Adam Burns, to resign as an
attorney and counselor-at-law.
respondent, Israel A. Burns, admitted as Israel Adam Burns,
has submitted an affidavit sworn to on April 17, 2017, in
support of his application to resign as an attorney and
counselor-at-law (see 22 NYCRR 1240.10).
respondent acknowledges in his affidavit that he is the
subject of an investigation by the Grievance Committee for
the Second, Eleventh, and Thirteenth Judicial Districts
involving allegations that he neglected legal matters for
several clients, and that he failed to fully account for
monies entrusted to him in relation to some of those legal
matters. The respondent avers that he cannot successfully
defend himself against the allegations based upon the facts
and circumstances of his professional conduct. The respondent
further acknowledges that his resignation is freely and
voluntarily tendered; that he is not being subjected to
coercion or duress by anyone; and that he is fully aware of
the implications of submitting his resignation, including
that the Court's acceptance and approval shall result in
the entry of an order of disbarment striking his name from
the roll of attorneys and counselors-at-law.
the issue of restitution, the respondent consents to the
entry of an order by this Court, pursuant to Judiciary Law
§ 90(6-a), directing that he make monetary restitution,
Carol Atkinson and Elease Ebanks in the sum of $159, 562.50,
Wendy Thomas in the sum of $12, 337.01,
Nicole Hill in the sum of $17, 581.82,
Marcia Jackson in the sum of $4, 000,
Michelle Miller in the sum of $4, ...