Two Long Island attorneys were disbarred after they offered their resignations in the face of pending disciplinary proceedings. The Appellate Division, Second Department, disbarred David Linn of Great Neck and David M. Green of Woodmere in separate Feb. 6 rulings. Both acknowledged they could not successfully defend themselves on the merits of their cases.
Linn, a graduate of Brooklyn Law School who was admitted in 1996, failed to preserve and remit $16,500 in a trust account given to him by a client and failed to handle an appeal despite receiving a $2,600 retainer from a client. Linn also acknowledged he was the subject of a disciplinary probe arising from the conversion of funds from real estate transactions. Justices Randall Eng (See Profile), Reinaldo Rivera (See Profile), Peter Skelos (See Profile), Mark Dillon (See Profile) and Daniel Angiolillo (See Profile) sat on the panel in Matter of Linn, 2011-09529.
Allegations against Green included the charge that he induced a client to mortgage a property and give the proceeds to him under false pretenses. Green, admitted in 1989 after graduating from Syracuse University School of Law, then allegedly misappropriated the proceeds. Justices William Mastro (See Profile) and Thomas Dickerson (See Profile) joined Eng, Rivera and Skelos on the panel in Matter of Green, 2012-08863.
The Second Department also disbarred Atlanta attorney Christopher Lazarou who had already been disbarred in Georgia and Massachusetts in 2005 and 2008. Lazarou was admitted in New York in 1991. The case is Matter of Lazarou, 2012-04982. All three opinions appear on page 6 of the print edition of today’s Law Journal.