Attorney Poley was SUSPENDED - instead of the recommended DISBARMENT. What part of Grand Larceny Conviction did NJ NOT understand?
NJ Attorney Tatiana Filimonova Poley Suspended Over Grand Larceny Conviction In NY
Law360- The New Jersey Supreme Court on Monday suspended an attorney convicted of grand larceny in New York, rejecting a bid by the Office of Attorney Ethics to disbar the attorney entirely.
Tatiana Filimonova Poley, who has been disbarred in New York, will be suspended from practicing law in New Jersey for one year after the high court agreed with its disciplinary review board, which determined that practicing law in New York while suspended in that state and accepting a fee from a client under false pretenses...
Matter of Filimonova-Poley
Matter of Filimonova-poley 2015 NY Slip Op 06005 Decided on July 9, 2015 Appellate Division, Third Department Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431. This opinion is uncorrected and subject to revision before publication in the Official Reports.
Decided and Entered: July 9, 2015
[*1]In the Matter of TATIANA G. FILIMONOVA-POLEY, a Suspended Attorney. COMMITTEE ON PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS, Petitioner; TATIANA G. FILIMONOVA-POLEY, Respondent. (Attorney Registration No. 2951994)
Calendar Date: May 11, 2015
Before: McCarthy, J.P., Lynch, Devine and Clark, JJ.
Monica A. Duffy, Committee on Professional Standards, Albany (Michael G. Gaynor of counsel), for petitioner.
Tatiana G. Filimonova-Poley, Tenafly, New Jersey, respondent pro se.
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
Respondent was admitted to practice by this Court in 1999 after being admitted in New Jersey in 1998. She currently resides in New Jersey.
By decision of this Court entered September 24, 2009, respondent was suspended from the practice of law, effective October 24, 2009, due to her failure to comply with attorney registration requirements since 2001 (see Matter of Attorneys in
Violation of Judiciary Law § 468-a, 65 AD3d 1447, 1457 ). She remains so suspended. By petition of charges dated November 10, 2014, and served upon respondent in compliance with the rules of this Court, respondent was charged with, among other things, engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, which conduct was prejudicial to the administration of justice and adversely reflected on her fitness as an attorney. These allegations stemmed from respondent's repeated appearances in 2013 as defense counsel in a criminal matter before Supreme Court (Lopez, J.) in Kings County, where she represented that she was an attorney in good standing in this state in contravention of this Court's order of suspension.
Following respondent's failure to answer the petition of charges, petitioner moved for a [*2]default judgment, which motion respondent opposed. Subsequently, by confidential order dated June 4, 2015, this Court granted petitioner's motion to the extent of finding respondent guilty of violating Rules of Professional Conduct (22 NYCRR 1200.0) rules 5.5 (a) and 8.4 (d) and (h) and directing that respondent could be heard in mitigation.
Now, with respondent having offered no submissions in mitigation, we conclude that, under the circumstances presented, and in order to protect the public, deter similar misconduct and preserve the reputation of the bar, respondent should be disbarred (see Matter of Hall, 49 AD3d 1146, 1146 ).
McCarthy, J.P., Lynch, Devine and Clark, JJ., concur.
ORDERED that respondent is disbarred and her name is stricken from the roll of attorneys and counselors-at-law of the State of New York, effective immediately; and it is further
ORDERED that respondent is commanded to desist and refrain from the practice of law in any form, either as principal or as agent, clerk or employee of another; and respondent is hereby forbidden to appear as an attorney or counselor-at-law before any court, judge, justice, board, commission or other public authority or give to another an opinion as to the law or its application, or any advice in relation thereto; and it is further
ORDERED that respondent shall comply with the provisions of this Court's rules regulating the conduct of disbarred attorneys (see Rules of the App Div, 3d Dept [22 NYCRR] § 806.9).