A prominent criminal defense attorney's son who posed as a lawyer was sentenced Monday in Manhattan Supreme Court. Terence Kindlon Jr., 43, was given a 1 1/2-to-three-year term after pleading guilty in May to two Class E felonies: offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree and third-degree attempted grand larceny. Kindlon's father is Terence L. Kindlon of Kindlon Shanks & Associates in Albany. Kindlon Jr. passed the bar exam last year but was not admitted.
According to the indictment and statements made at Kindlon's January arraignment, he filed a notice of appearance and then twice appeared in court on behalf of a defendant. Kindlon's acts were noticed when another lawyer, J. David O'Brien, received a notice of appearance that listed both him and Kindlon as the defendant's attorney. The notice was signed by Kindlon but O'Brien had not heard of him (NYLJ, Jan. 30).
By the time of Kindlon's arraignment for posing as an attorney, he had pending unrelated charges—including the attempted grand larceny charge —and had been referred to Manhattan Mental Health Court. That charge stemmed from his attempted theft of a motorcycle in August 2010.
The prosecution was represented by Assistant District Attorney Daniel Cort, chief of the public integrity unit. Kindlon was represented by Stacey Richman of the Bronx. Kindlon's father said in an interview that it was "important to know" his son "has psychiatric problems. Notwithstanding that, his brothers, sisters and I are behind him 100 percent. We are very grateful that as fine a lawyer as Stacey Richman has been able to represent him so successfully."