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This week's news brings two stories of New York lawyers in big trouble. First, the New York Times reports on the indictment of New York lawyer Steven Rondos, for stealing over $1 million from the disabled clients for whom he was appointed as guardian. Rondos' theft went undetected because he failed to file required summaries with court examiners showing how he managed his clients' money. Court examiners in turn never reported Rondos' failure to file the reports to the judge, enabling him to continue to misappropriate client money.

In the second case, Eric Turkewitz at New York Personal Injury Attorney Blog writes about New York attorney Kenneth Heller who was sent to jail after refusing to release files to a client who wanted to change lawyers. The First Department affirmed the court's decision today, finding that Heller defied the court's order to turn over the files. But it turns out that Heller may be in more trouble than that -- Turkewitz uncovered additional information suggesting that the same Kenneth Heller was disbarred in 2004. If that's the case, Turkewitz wonders why Heller was practicing in 2007 (when he failed to turn over the files) to begin with.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on January 29, 2009 at 03:37 PM | Permalink | Comments (5)

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