Second Department Disbars Two Attorneys
April 19, 2012
Alexander Kaplan, who was convicted in 2009 for participating in a mortgage fraud, and Raymond E. Kerno, who failed to cooperate with the grievance committee after it was alleged he did not keep clients informed and committed other misconduct, has been disbarred by a Brooklyn appellate court.

Busy Attorney Found Late for Trial Is Fined $500 by State Judge
April 11, 2012
Justice Suzanne Mondo in Brooklyn said Brooklyn solo Douglas G. Rankin ignored a court directive to appear for the beginning of a client’s trial, despite having been warned that he would be fined if he was late.

Lawyer Involved in Mortgage Fraud Among 8 Disbarred by Brooklyn Court
April 6, 2012
An attorney who pleaded guilty for his role in a multi-million dollar mortgage scheme and another who took a settlement check meant for his client were among eight lawyers disbarred on April 3 by a Brooklyn appellate court.

Attorney’s Suspension Based on ‘Settled’ Duties, Committee Argues
April 4, 2012
An attorney’s challenge to a two-year suspension imposed for his failure to supervise a bookkeeper who embezzled more than $4 million from clients “reflects his continued unwillingness or continued inability to understand and accept his settled and established responsibilities,” a grievance committee argues in papers submitted to the Court of Appeals this week.

New York’s Attorney Discipline System: How Much ‘Process’ Is ‘Due’?
April 4, 2012
In his debut Attorney Discipline column, Hal R. Lieberman, a partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson, writes: With attempts to remedy alleged state court due process abuses in the lower federal courts almost uniformly rejected, attorneys are left with fundamental, but only very general notions that while notice and the opportunity to be heard are the hallmarks of due process rights for lawyers, due process as applied will be left to case-by-case, state-by-state determinations.

Suffolk Lawyer Is Accused of Mortgage Fraud
April 4, 2012
Craig Hecht was arraigned on April 3 before Acting Supreme Court Justice Mark Cohen on charges of first-degree falsifying business records, second-degree grand larceny and first-degree scheme to defraud.

Attorney Pleads Guilty to Running Immigration Mill
April 3, 2012
Earl Seth David admitted to conspiracies running from 1996 to 2009 to make materially false statements in relation to immigration applications and mail and wire fraud.

Bars Rally Around Suspended Attorney
March 29, 2012
Several bar organizations are supporting the effort of Peter J. Galasso to challenge in the state’s highest court what he describes as the overly strict approach of the Second Department to enforcing disciplinary rules governing attorney escrow accounts.

Lawyer Whose Brother Stole From Firm Is Suspended for Two Years
February 27, 2012
A unanimous panel of the Second Department ruled last week that all 10 charges against matrimonial attorney Peter J. Galasso of Galasso, Langione, Catterson & LoFrumento for failure to show “appropriate vigilance over his firm’s bank account” had been correctly sustained by a special referee.