A prominent Rochester, N.Y., personal injury attorney has been suspended for 18 months for a series of disciplinary violations centering primarily on the 200-plus loans he made via intermediaries to his own clients.

A unanimous New York Appellate Division, 4th Department, panel found that James J. Moran made more than 200 loans totaling more than $700,000. The panel said that the loans through third parties for non-litigation-related expenses did not “directly” violate the Code of Professional Responsibility, but that Moran’s actions nonetheless “circumvented” the code, which in itself is a violation.

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