A Long Island attorney who pleaded guilty to grand larceny earlier this year has been disbarred due to his felony convictions. The Appellate Division, Second Department, disbarred Robert Oziel on Nov. 21 after he had pleaded guilty to three counts of third-degree grand larceny before Nassau County Court Judge John Kase on Jan. 26, 2012. Oziel, 68, was sentenced the same day to five years of probation and $35,000 in restitution. He submitted no response to the grievance committee’s disbarment motion.
Oziel worked for the now-defunct Seavey Vogel & Oziel in Mineola. His conviction arose from two incidents, according to a spokesman for the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office. In one, Oziel stole about $18,000 from a client he was representing in a landlord-tenant dispute; in the other, he stole $50,000 in escrow funds in a real estate deal that fell through.
In August 2009, the Second Department suspended Oziel for five years for professional misconduct charges including his failure to preserve funds entrusted to him and conversion of those funds. Presiding Justice Randall Eng (See Profile) and Justices William Mastro (See Profile), Reinaldo Rivera (See Profile), Peter Skelos (See Profile) and Mark Dillon (See Profile) sat on the panel in Matter of Oziel, 2012-01922.