The New York Court of Appeals on Wednesday heard arguments regarding whether a man’s assault conviction should be vacated because his lawyer did not inform him or the trial court that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit had suspended him from practicing law, a disciplinary measure that would eventually be matched by the Appellate Division, First Department.

Clayman Rosenberg Kirshner & Linder partner Wayne E. Gosnell Jr. now represents the appellant Angelo Burgos, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison after a bench trial.