A veteran Manhattan lawyer, who it appears is general counsel for a biopharmaceutical company, has been suspended from practicing law pending further possible discipline after not responding to eight professional misconduct counts that included a charge saying he has claimed exemption from CLE requirements when, in reality, he was neither retired nor an active military member.

In suspending attorney Michael M. Strage immediately, New York’s Appellate Division, First Department court wrote that Strage had defaulted in an attorney grievance committee’s disciplinary proceeding brought against him, and it deemed the eight charges of professional misconduct levied against him “admitted.”