Real estate attorney Allison Scollar, a lesbian mother who won custody of her adoptive daughter in a highly publicized case, has been disbarred but the decision was kept under seal until now.
She pleaded guilty in November 2015 to grand larceny and residential mortgage fraud. As a result of the felony convictions, a First Department panel ruled in January 2017 that she had to be automatically disbarred but sealed the record because she was a cooperating witness in an investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
The First Department’s Disciplinary Grievance Committee was recently notified that the investigation is over. It asked the First Department panel to unseal the disbarment, which it did on Thursday.
Scollar’s partner, Brook Altman, gave birth to their daughter Harri but the couple split up in 2010. In 2012, Family Court Judge Gloria Sosa-Lintner awarded Scollar custody of Harri even though she was the adoptive mother. The decision was newsworthy because the judge favored the adoptive mother over the birth mother.
Hal Lieberman of Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady represented Scollar in the disciplinary case. He declined to comment.