A state appeals court has disbarred a personal injury and general practice attorney based in Manhattan after he failed to answer a 12-charge ethics petition that said he commingled, misappropriated and converted more than $63,000 in client and third-party funds, including tens of thousands of dollars owed to a litigation financing company.

Dennis A. Schuman, whose law office is listed online as “temporarily closed” and who’s been practicing law for more than 45 years, has been disbarred after he “failed to interpose an answer or otherwise respond to the charges” that an attorney grievance committee served on him in September 2020, according to an opinion from the Appellate Division, First Department court.