Suspended N.Y. Attorney Disbarred For Assaulting Ex-Girlfriend

Aug. 5, 2019, 5:20 PM

A New York attorney who was serving a three-year suspension in an unrelated matter was disbarred by the state’s highest court for assaulting his former girlfriend.

Lawrence Nkongho Etah showed no remorse for his actions and didn’t offer any mitigating evidence at his disciplinary hearing, the court said upon imposing the sanction.

Etah was caught on video in 2015 throwing the woman into a chair in his law office many times, and kicking and punching her when she was on the ground, the court said.

Etah was found guilty of assault in the third degree in 2017, a class A misdemeanor, and sentenced to 60 days incarceration and three years probation.

These acts adversely reflect on his fitness as an attorney in violation of rules 8.4(b) and (b) of the state professional conduct rules, the court said in ordering disbarment.

Prior to being disbarred, Etah was serving a three-year suspension that began in March 2017 for knowingly asserting false material factual statements to a court, in violation of rule 3.1 of the the state professional conduct rules; and engaging in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice in violation of rule 8.4 (d) by using his attorney trust account to assist his client in violating a court order.

The case is In re Etah, 2019 BL 283943, N.Y. App. Div., 2d Dep’t, No. 2017-06727, 8/5/19.

To contact the reporter on this story: Melissa Heelan Stanzione in Washington at mstanzione@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Jessie Kokrda Kamens at jkamens@bloomberglaw.com; Rebekah Mintzer at rmintzer@bloomberglaw.com

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