In the Matter of Keirsten Klatch, an attorney and counselor-at-law. (Attorney Registration No. 4288098)
Catherine A. Sheridan, Hauppauge, NY (Ian P. Barry of
counsel), for the Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial
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
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.
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).
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.
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
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 case pro hac vice.
5. Thereafter, the wrongful death case settled.
6. Carrasquillo asked the respondent to hold his funds in