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March 31, 2023

New Jersey Attorney Suspended for Bounced Checks

New Jersey’s Supreme Court recently reprimanded an attorney for issuing bounced checks and failing to cooperate with the Office of Attorney Ethics. According to the court’s Order and the Disciplinary Review Board’s Decision, the attorney demonstrated a “pattern of failing to cooperate” with disciplinary authorities’ attempts to address his misconduct. The attorney allegedly failed to cooperate with investigations into his issuance of checks on his overdrawn attorney trust account and several “questionable” withdrawals from the account. The attorney, who had already been suspended from practice, was found to have violated Rules of Professional Conduct rules 8.1(b) (Bar Admission and Disciplinary Matters) and 8.4 (Misconduct). The court reprimanded the attorney, ordered that he remain suspended, and ordered the attorney to pay the Disciplinary Oversight Committee’s costs and expenses in prosecuting the matter.

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