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An attorney who had been a named partner at his firm has resigned in the face of a pending disciplinary probe on whether he misappropriated client funds.

Steven Tarshis was disbarred by the Appellate Division, Second Department, on Aug. 13 after submitting his resignation and acknowledging he could not successfully defend himself on the merits.

Tarshis had been a partner at Tarshis, Catania, Liberth & Milligram in Newburgh, but stopped practicing in 2012. The firm is now Catania, Mahon, Milligram & Rider.

Neither the disbarment decision nor Tarshis’ April resignation affidavit elaborated on the misappropriation allegations. According to Tarshis’ affidavit, he now resides in Florida.

Tarshis is a graduate of St. John’s University School of Law was admitted to the bar in 1972. He was represented by Richard Maltz, counsel at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz.

Maltz said his client “believed he acted in good faith and resigned to put this whole dispute behind him.”

Anthony Wynne appeared for the grievance committee.

Presiding Justice Randall Eng (See Profile) and Justices William Mastro (See Profile), Reinaldo Rivera (See Profile), Peter Skelos (See Profile) and Sheri Roman (See Profile) decided Matter of Tarshis, 2014-04456. The decision is on page 3 of the print edition.