Bloomberg Law
March 13, 2020, 2:40 PM

Indefinite Suspension for N.Y. Lawyer After $150K Goes Missing

Melissa Heelan Stanzione
Melissa Heelan Stanzione

A New York lawyer has been indefinitely suspended after failing to answer three complaints filed by the state attorney grievance committee regarding settlement funds of more than $150,000 he received and never disbursed.

Melvin W. Hoffman “willfully failed to comply and failed to assert any explanation for his noncompliance,” the state Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department, said in its Thursday opinion.

Hoffman allegedly mishandled several matters he assumed on behalf of special needs children, according to a 2018 New York City Department of Education complaint, the court said.

The Manhattan attorney had been retained by parents of the some ...

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