A Waterbury lawyer accused of failing to show up at clients’ court dates faces arrest after missing his own disciplinary hearing in Superior Court in Waterbury.
A judge issued an arrest warrant June 25 for Raymond Kotulski, who had his license deactivated last year after repeatedly failing to show up to represent clients, some of whom filed complaints with state disciplinary officials.
He was previously facing contempt charges for not turning over his files to another lawyer who is acting as a trustee. That attorney, Jerry Attanasio, told the Law Tribune on Monday that he still has received “little or no cooperation from attorney Kotulski.”
“Three days prior to my appointment as trustee, surveillance footage was found of attorney Kotulski removing computers and large file boxes from his office,” Attansio said in an email. “I have been able to clean up the criminal side of his practice. However, the personal injury files are the files that we believe were removed from his office. My office receives calls from Kotulski clients daily inquiring about their case, of which we do not have a file for. It is very frustrating and has prolonged an already long process.”
On May 13, Waterbury Superior Court Judge Mark Taylor ordered him to Kotulski a future hearing, and to bring with him files for his outstanding cases, unless he has a note from a licensed medical professional or mental health professional. “Failure to comply would subject defendant to contempt penalties,” Taylor wrote.
When Kotulski failed to show up last week, the judge issued an arrest warrant. Attansio said he believes it’s up to State Police, and not Waterbury police, to carry out the warrant.
Officials in the state Office of the Disciplinary Counsel said they began hearing late last year that Kotulski was a “no-show” for many court dates. In December, Chief Disciplinary Counsel Patricia King filed a presentment against Kotulski and he was placed on inactive status.
An initial hearing was scheduled, but Kotulski didn’t show up. Officials said that they learned he had checked into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. At that point, Attanasio, of Waterbury, was appointed trustee and asked to inventory Kotulski’s files and take control of his clients’ fund accounts.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Kotulski attended Boston College and then the University of Connecticut School of Law before opening the Law Office of Raymond Kotulski in October 2007. His profile says he practices civil, family, criminal, housing, immigration and probate law, among other areas.
Attansio said that Kotulski was arrested on another matter recently. “The State Police arrested him recently after they were called to his home for a dog complaint, which led to Kotulski being charged with disorderly conduct due to his very rude behavior,” Attansio said. “I have had no communication with Raymond and have been told that he cannot be found and does not have a cell phone.”