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In re Klatch

Supreme Court of New York, Second Department

November 1, 2017

In the Matter of Keirsten Klatch, an attorney and counselor-at-law.

         D53644 T/htr

          Catherine A. Sheridan, Hauppauge, NY (Ian P. Barry of counsel), for the Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District.

          Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, P.C., New York, NY (Ronald C. Minkoff and Tyler Maulsby of counsel), for respondent.

          RANDALL T. ENG, P.J. WILLIAM F. MASTRO REINALDO E. RIVERA MARK C. DILLON RUTH C. BALKIN, JJ.

          OPINION & ORDER

          PER CURIAM.

         The respondent was admitted to the Bar at a term of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in the Second Judicial Department on October 22, 2008. By order to show cause dated January 20, 2017, the respondent was directed to show cause why an order should or should not be made and entered pursuant to 22 NYCRR 1240.13 imposing discipline upon her for the misconduct underlying the discipline imposed by order of the Supreme Court of Florida dated May 17, 2016. By a second order to show cause, dated May 9, 2017, the respondent was directed to show cause why an order should or should not be made and entered pursuant to 22 NYCRR 1240.13 imposing discipline upon her for the misconduct underlying the discipline imposed by order of the Supreme Court of Florida dated March 9, 2017. Motion by the respondent to vacate this Court's order to show cause dated January 20, 2017, or to deem it academic, in view of the order of the Supreme Court of Florida dated March 9, 2017.

         By order dated May 17, 2016, the Supreme Court of Florida granted the Florida Bar's petition, held the respondent in contempt, and suspended the respondent from the practice of law in that state, effective 30 days from the date of the order, and continuing until she fully responded in writing to a subpoena and official inquiry issued by the Florida Bar (hereinafter the Bar).

         On May 19, 2016, the Bar filed a complaint against the respondent. On July 11, 2016, the Bar moved for default, an order deeming matters admitted, and summary judgment. On July 15, 2016, the Supreme Court of Florida granted the Bar's motions and found the respondent guilty as charged in the complaint. A sanctions hearing was held on October 28, 2016, December 2, 2016, and January 6, 2017.

         On January 4, 2017, the respondent entered into a conditional plea for consent judgment, wherein she consented to a three-year suspension, effective June 16, 2016, and admitted the following facts:

1. While working at a law firm as a paralegal, the respondent became acquainted with Jose Carrasquillo, who had a wrongful death case.
2. In 2010, Carrasquillo asked the respondent to take over his case since she was already familiar with it and had met with him regularly in prison in both New York and Florida.
3. At that time, the respondent was admitted to practice in New York, and had passed the Florida bar exam, but had not yet been admitted to practice in Florida.
4. The respondent filed an appearance in Carrasquillo's wrongful death ...

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