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For immediate release: May 22, 2012
For further information contact:
Winnie Comfort
Tammy Kendig
609-292-9580

Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection Announces Deadlines for Claims

Daniel R. Hendi, director of the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection, has announced that any person who intends to file a claim with the fund involving any of the attorneys listed below must file prior to the deadlines listed. 

The fund’s purpose is to pay on behalf of the honest majority of lawyers for the wrongdoing of a few.

For a claim to be compensable, the attorney against whom it is filed must have been a member of the bar, acting as either attorney or fiduciary, at the time of the incident; and, unless deceased, must have been disbarred, suspended or placed on disability inactive status from the bar, or convicted of embezzlement or other misappropriation of property.  The attorney’s conduct giving rise to the claim must have been dishonest rather than negligent.

The issuance of the Supreme Court’s determination to suspend or disbar an attorney activates the fund’s jurisdiction to receive claims against that attorney.  There is a one-year deadline after the discipline is issued to the attorney for clients to file claims.  The client’s claim does not need to be included in the ethics determination to be compensable.  Discipline of the attorney does not guarantee compensability for any specific claim.  Attorneys can be disciplined for conduct other than misappropriation.

An individual client can receive up to $400,000 for claims arising after Jan.1, 2007, lesser amounts for claims arising prior to that date.  The fund can provide up to $1.5 million in claims against a lawyer.

To receive a claim form, write to the New Jersey Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection, Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex, P.O. Box 961, Trenton, NJ 08625-0961, or call 609-292-8008.  The form must be completed, notarized and returned with copies of any proof of the transaction.  There is no filing fee. Claimants assisted in their claims by practicing attorneys receive their representation free of charge. 

NOTICE TO THE BAR

Any person having a claim, which has not been filed, involving the following attorneys must file a claim with the New Jersey Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection prior to the deadline dates indicated below:

 

NAME                                     COUNTY OF                        DEADLINE
                                                  PRACTICE

Bennett, Jeffrey Alan

Pennsylvania

Nov. 30, 2012

Boyd, Carole King

Texas

Nov. 2, 2012

Edelman, Jeffrey Erin

Morris

Nov. 9, 2012

Etkin, Michael S.

Essex

Dec. 8, 2012

Figaro, George May Carmel

Morris

Nov. 4, 2012

Gidro, Michael Robert

Bergen

 Oct. 19, 2012

Gonzalez, Arleen Caballero

Atlantic

Dec. 9, 2012

Goodwin, Raymond

Somerset

Oct. 20, 2012

Hairston, Roosevelt Jr.

Pennsylvania

Oct. 13, 2012

Kady, Louis J.

Middlesex

Oct. 14, 2012

Kwasnik, Michael William

Camden

Dec. 7, 2012

Lax, Fred Mark

Bergen

Dec. 21, 2012

Lewis, David A.

Morris

Dec. 15, 2012

Macchiaverna, Louis

Ocean

Oct. 20, 2012

Marks, Martin E.

New York

Nov. 7, 2012

Niedermayer, Leonard H.

Burlington

Oct. 20, 2012

Rosanelli, Donald S.

Florida

Nov. 03,2012

Tiffany, John E.

Bergen

Oct. 19, 2012

 

 

 

                                                            Trustees of the New Jersey Lawyers’
                                                            Fund for Client Protection
                                                            Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex
                                                            P.O. Box 961
                                                            Trenton, NJ 08625-0961

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