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For immediate release: September 19, 2011
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Winnie Comfort
Tammy Kendig

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 the few who are suspended or disbarred for misappropriation. 

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 or suspended 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 in order 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.  Special permission can be granted by the Supreme Court to exceed the aggregate limit.

To receive a claim form, an individual should 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. 

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:

Brady, Terence Sean  Burlington   June 6, 1012
Bristol, Jonathan Star  New York  May 24, 2012
Cameron, Duncan Gordon  Bergen  April 6, 2012
Cohen, Steven Elliott   Monmouth May 26, 2012
Conroy, James P.  Morris May 24, 2012
Cutillo, Arthur J.  Bergen  June 27, 2012
Davis, Patrice Merritt   Essex June 30, 2012
Hairston, Roosevelt, Jr. Pennsylvania June 3, 2012
Hiltebrand, Stephen M. Camden June 17, 2012
Jacoby, Peter H. Somerset  June 7, 2012
Kim, Yong-Wook   New York  April 6, 2012
Klein, Fred J.   Middlesex June 21, 2012
Mac Donald, James H.  Morris May 11, 2012
Main, Kevin H.   Mercer  May 11, 2012
Minor, Clifford J.   Essex  May 5, 2012
Mueller, Erik  Ocean   June 24, 2012
Powell, Wayne  Camden June 29, 2012
Skelley, Matthew D.  Bergen April 6, 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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