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In re Burns

Supreme Court of New York, Second Department

July 12, 2017

In the Matter of Israel A. Burns, admitted as Israel Adam Burns, an attorney and counselor-at-law, respondent. (Attorney Registration No. 5050414)

          Diana 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

          PER CURIAM.

         APPLICATION 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.

         The 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).

         The 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.

         As to 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, as follows:

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, ...

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