MATTER OF TECLER


2017 NY Slip Op 06136

In the Matter of ROBERT WILLIAM TECLER, a Disbarred Attorney. (Attorney Registration No. 3927159).

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Third Department.


Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Monica A. Duffy , Attorney Grievance Committee for the Third Judicial Department, Albany ( Lauren S. Cousineau of counsel), for Attorney Grievance Committee for the Third Judicial Department.

Before: Garry, J.P., Lynch, Devine, Clark and Rumsey, JJ.


Respondent was admitted to practice by this Court in 2001 and lists a Saratoga County business address with the Office of Court Administration. Respondent was suspended from the practice of law for one year by September 2013 order of this Court (109 A.D.3d 1077 [2013]), and said suspension remains in effect1. On January 19, 2017, respondent pleaded guilty, in an unrelated matter, to one count of grand larceny in the second degree, a class C felony (see Penal Law § 155.40). The Attorney Grievance Committee for the Third Judicial Department (hereinafter AGC) now moves to strike respondent's name from the roll of attorneys and counselors at law due to his felony conviction. Respondent has not replied to the motion.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

Respondent was automatically disbarred and ceased to be an attorney by operation of law in January 2017 when he entered his guilty plea to a felony, which, for attorney discipline purposes, was equivalent to a conviction (see Judiciary Law § 90 [4] [a]; Matter of Doyle, 138 A.D.3d 1232, 1232 [2016]; Matter of Sanderson, 119 A.D.3d 1318, 1318 [2014]). Consequently, AGC's "motion to strike [respondent's] name from the [roll] of attorneys [is] a formality which merely confirms [his] disbarred status" (Matter of Montague, 130 A.D.3d 1297, 1298 [2015]; see Matter of Brunet, 106 A.D.3d 1443, 1443 [2013]). Accordingly, we grant AGC's motion and strike respondent's name from the roll of attorneys nunc pro tunc to January 19, 2017 (see Matter of Tendler, 131 A.D.3d 1301, 1302 [2015]).

Garry, J.P., Lynch, Devine, Clark and Rumsey, JJ., concur.

ORDERED that the motion of the Attorney Grievance Committee for the Third Judicial Department is granted; and it is further

ORDERED that respondent's name is hereby stricken from the roll of attorneys and counselors-at-law of the State of New York, effective nunc pro tunc to January 19, 2017; and it is further

ORDERED that respondent is commanded to desist and refrain from the practice of law in any form in the State of New York, 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 to give to another an opinion as to the law or its application, or any advice in relation thereto, or to hold himself out in any way as an attorney and counselor-at-law in this State; and it is further

ORDERED that respondent shall comply with the provisions of the Uniform Rules for Attorney Disciplinary Matters regulating the conduct of disbarred attorneys (see Uniform Rules for Attorney Disciplinary Matters [22 NYCRR] § 1240.15).

FootNotes


1. Respondent is also presently delinquent in his attorney registration requirements, having failed to register for the past two biennial registration periods beginning in 2013 (see Judiciary Law § 468-a).

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