The rules for addressing attorney discipline differ among the New York Supreme Court’s four judicial departments. Depending on the judicial department’s rules, its grievance committee may, where it does not dismiss a complaint, impose the following types of discipline:
- Letter of Admonition
- Letter of Caution
- Letter of Education
- Referral to Arbitration or Mediation
If you have a question about legal ethics, a pending grievance, or preventative counseling call Tully Rinckey PLLC in Rochester, N.Y. to schedule a free 30-minute initial consultation with an experienced legal ethics and attorney discipline attorney.
Strategies for Grievance Committee Proceedings
A full and timely response, along with cooperation and forthrightness, are the most effective ways to deal with grievance committee inquiries. Our ethics counsel can help you implement these strategies to minimize the risk of a complaint against you being referred to an Appellate Division, where the stakes are higher and potential punishments are more severe. We can represent law firms and attorneys throughout New York’s Finger Lakes region. Call us today.
When a grievance committee refers a case to a court, the severity of penalties an attorney faces is enhanced. Penalties include the following:
- Disciplinary Resignation
- Private Censure
- Suspension, stayed upon the attorney’s compliance specific conditions
Strategies for Court Disciplinary Proceedings
Rarely will a court find a grievance committee-referred case to be completely lacking in terms of merit. Consequently, complaints that reach the court level usually result in some type of discipline. If you believe a complaint against you or your law firm lacks merit, despite a grievance committee referral, you can count on Tully Rinckey PLLC’s ethics counsel to relentlessly endeavor to make this fact clear to the court so the charge is not sustained.
Even if you know the complaint has merit, there are still ways you can benefit from retaining experienced ethics counsel. We can help you avoid the most severe punishments by presenting mitigating evidence and good character testimony. Further, courts may exhibit leniency when an attorney takes pro-active steps to address issues underlying the alleged misconduct. These steps could include a mentoring arrangement where one attorney is guided by another, a monitoring plan with a mental health expert, or a client fund monitoring plan under which an accountant would periodically report to the court on whether client funds are being properly appropriated.
Finger Lakes attorneys and law firms can count on our ethics counsel to vigorously defend them in any court discipline proceeding. Call us today. Remember your 30-minute initial consultation with experienced counsel is free.
Tully Rinckey PLLC has offices in Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse. Call today to schedule a consultation with one of our legal ethics and discipline attorneys at 518-218-7100 or e-mail email@example.com. Click here to view a video about our consultation process.
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