Motion by the Grievance Committee for the Second, Eleventh and Thirteenth Judicial Districts, pursuant to 22 NYCRR 1240.14(b), in effect, for a determination that the respondent is incapacitated from continuing to practice law by reason of medical illness. The respondent was admitted to the Bar at a term of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in the Second Judicial Department on December 18, 1967. By decision and order on application of this Court dated October 15, 2013, the Grievance Committee was authorized to institute and prosecute a disciplinary proceeding against the respondent based on a verified petition dated May 6, 2013, and the matter was referred to the Honorable Charles J. Thomas, as Special Referee, to hear and report.
DECISION & ORDER ON MOTION
Upon the papers filed in support of the motion, it is
ORDERED that the motion is granted and the respondent, Martin C. Licht, is immediately suspended from the practice of law pursuant to 22 NYCRR 1240.14(b) on the ground that he is incapacitated by reason of medical illness, for an indefinite period of time and until further order of the Court; and it is further,
ORDERED that the disciplinary proceeding authorized by the decision and order on application of this Court dated October 15, 2013, is held in abeyance; and it is further,
ORDERED that the respondent, Martin C. Licht, shall promptly comply with this Court's rules governing the conduct of disbarred and suspended attorneys (see 22 NYCRR 1240.15); and it is further
ORDERED that pursuant to Judiciary Law § 90, during the period of suspension and until further order of this Court, the respondent, Martin C. Licht, is commanded to desist and refrain from (1) practicing law in any form, either as principal or agent, clerk, or employee of another, (2) appearing as an attorney or counselor-at-law before any court, Judge, Justice, board, commission, or other public authority, (3) giving to another an opinion as to the law or its application or any advice in relation thereto, and (4) holding himself out in any way as an attorney and counselor-at-law; and it is further,
ORDERED that if the respondent, Martin C. Licht, has been issued a secure pass by the Office of Court Administration, it shall be returned forthwith to the issuing agency and the respondent shall certify to the same in his affidavit of compliance pursuant to 22 NYCRR 1240.15(f).