The New Jersey Supreme Court heard arguments Monday on whether litigator David Gross should be disbarred for keeping a $50,000 bonus from a satisfied client rather than turning it over to his firm, Budd Larner. "The firm had no right" to the money, Gross' attorney argued, since it was "a payment over and above legal fees." Justice Robert Rivera-Soto said that "at the very least" Gross should have told his partners about the gift and that the fact that he cloaked it in so much secrecy "strikes me as a little odd."
N.J. High Court Weighs Disbarment for Partner Who Kept $50,000 Gift From Client
New Jersey Law Journal
April 28, 2010