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For immediate release: July 23, 2012
For further information contact:
Winnie Comfort or 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. 

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NOTICE TO THE BAR 

 

Any person having a claim that 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

Bellotti, Mark Joseph

Monmouth

 

March 6, 2013

Boyman, Christopher

Union

 

Feb. 6, 2013

Bozeman, Wayne D.

Pennsylvania

 

Feb. 10, 2013

Chambers, Owen

Middlesex

 

March 9, 2013

Desoky, Ahmad Lotf

Bergen

 

March 1, 2013

Gensib, Carl David

Middlesex

 

March 9, 2013

Gloser, Arthur R.

Camden

 

March 9,2013

Kaplan, Rachel Dale

Bergen

 

                  Jan. 6, 2013

Kinnard, Stephen Douglas

Hunterdon

 

Feb. 6, 2013

Klein, Michael Scott

Pennsylvania

 

Jan. 11, 2013

Koufos, John G.

Monmouth

 

March 22, 2013

Levitis, Michael

New York

 

March 15, 2013

Oliver, Raymond A.

Warren

 

Feb. 6, 2013

Phillips, Duane T.

Atlantic

 

Jan. 13, 2013

Senick, Michael R.

Bergen

 

Feb. 27, 2013

Shapiro, Terry L.

Essex

 

March 22, 2013

Tiffany, John E.

Bergen

 

Feb. 8, 2013

Yusem, Richard S.

Somerset

 

Jan. 2, 2013

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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