Two lawyers facing one-year suspensions for sharing fees with employees at the defunct Tomar Simonoff firm argue that the payments were part of an ethical “bonus” plan, not a sleazy scheme like using runners.

Ronald Graziano, who was managing partner, and Michael Kaplan, a star litigator, made the argument in briefs filed Tuesday, asking the state Supreme Court to reverse suspension recommendations by the Disciplinary Review Board.

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