Chief Justice Stuart Rabner has announced the appointment of Daniel R. Hendi as director of the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection. He succeeds Kenneth J. Bossong, who retired after 30 years with the Judiciary.
The Lawyers’ Fund, supported by annual payments from the state’s lawyers and judges, provides reimbursement to victims of attorneys who have been suspended or disbarred for knowing misappropriation of client funds. In its 42-year history, the fund has paid claims against a total of 653 attorneys. There are 88,440 lawyers licensed in New Jersey.
“The Lawyers’ Fund is a critical resource for those who have been victimized by an attorney,” said Chief Justice Rabner. “Dan brings a great deal of experience to his new role as director of the office. I am confident that this transition will be smooth and that the Lawyers’ Fund will continue to provide meaningful and excellent service to the people of New Jersey.”
The fund operates under the authority of the Supreme Court pursuant to Court Rule 1:28. The court appoints the seven trustees, five attorneys and two public members, who serve staggered 5-year terms without compensation. The trustees consider clients’ claims and make awards when it is determined that the loss was caused by dishonest lawyer conduct, under fund rules.
As director, Hendi will oversee a staff of 17 people who investigate and prepare claims for consideration by the board of trustees, collect annual attorney payments, and manage fund accounts.
A graduate of William Paterson College and Western New England College School of Law in Springfield, Mass., Hendi entered the legal field as a legal editor before joining the law offices of Gaetano DeSapio in Flemington. While at the firm, he represented the Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders in a number of legal matters in addition to his general practice work at the firm. He later served as assistant corporate counsel for The Money Store before joining the Judiciary as deputy director of the fund in 1988.
“The Lawyers’ Fund mission to reimburse victims of dishonest conduct and preserve the integrity of the reserves that they oversee, and the Supreme Court’s support of the fund’s purpose, make my appointment as its new director focused and humbling,” Hendi said.