Defending New York Attorney Ethics Matters

defending attorney ethics complaints

The Nissenbaum Law Group accepts engagements involving New York attorneys accused of breaching the Rules of Professional Conduct.

The Firm’s Approach to Defending Attorneys Accused of Ethical Infractions

Ethics matters in New York generally begin at the Attorney Grievance Committee level. If they proceed, normally the Appellate Division will also consider them.

These matters have a rhythm that provides certain nexus points at which they potentially can be resolved. For example, the initial Complaint should be viewed not as an opportunity to provide the least amount of information possible, but instead as a method of telling the entire story in a thorough and careful way that can potentially convince the investigator and/or those supervising him or her that it is appropriate to drop the matter. If it is not dropped at that incipient point, there may be other opportunities to resolve it. In the event that the matter proceeds to the hearing stage before a Referee or other finder of fact, the Nissenbaum Law Group is capable of vigorously defending it.

Each case is unique and requires a nuanced and customized approach. The Nissenbaum Law Group is available to defend attorneys from initial submissions at the investigatory stage; to filing verified answers at the ethics complaint stage; to handling full-blown contested hearings.

The Firm’s Approach to Ethics Matters Regarding Attorney Advertising

Attorney advertisements may not contain statements or claims that are false, deceptive or misleading. RPC 7.1(a)(1). While that seems fairly straightforward, the rules concerning Attorney Advertising (RPC 7.1) are surprisingly complex. For example,

  • attorney advertisements shall not include paid endorsements or testimonials about a lawyer or law firm without disclosing that the person is being compensated therefor. RPC 7.1(c)(1);
  • attorney advertisements shall not use actors to portray judges, lawyers, law firm staff or clients without disclosure of same. RPC 7.1(c)(3);
  • attorney advertisements shall not be made to resemble legal documents. RPC 7.1(c)(4); and
  • certain attorney advertisements must be labeled “ATTORNEY ADVERTISING”. RPC 7.1(f)

The Nissenbaum Law Group also stands ready to assist attorneys accused of improper attorney advertising.

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