MATTER OF LOIGMAN


2017 NY Slip Op 06142

In the Matter of LARRY SCOTT LOIGMAN, an Attorney. (Attorney Registration No. 2384360).

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 ( Anna E. Remet of counsel), for Attorney Grievance Committee for the Third Judicial Department.

Larry S. Loigman, Middletown, New Jersey, respondent pro se.

Before: Garry, J.P., Egan Jr., Rose, Mulvey and Rumsey, JJ.


Respondent was admitted to practice in this state in 1990. He was previously admitted in New Jersey in 1977, where he presently maintains an office for the practice of law.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

By March 9, 2016 order, respondent was issued a public reprimand by the Supreme Court of New Jersey based upon its findings that respondent commenced frivolous litigation and engaged in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice with respect to his representation of a client (Matter of Loigman, 224 N.J. 271 [2016]). Respondent thereafter failed to notify this Court and the Attorney Grievance Committee for the Third Judicial Department (hereinafter AGC) within 30 days following the imposition of the sanction in New Jersey as required by Uniform Rules for Attorney Disciplinary Matters (22

NYCRR) § 1240.13 (d). Now, by reason of the discipline imposed upon respondent in New Jersey, AGC moves, by order to show cause returnable June 26, 2017, for an order imposing discipline upon respondent in this state. Respondent opposes AGC's motion and contends that he was deprived of due process in the New Jersey disciplinary proceedings, that there was an infirmity of proof establishing the misconduct in New Jersey and that the misconduct for which he was disciplined in New Jersey does not constitute misconduct in this state (see Uniform Rules for Attorney Disciplinary Matters [22 NYCRR] § 1240.13 [b] [1]-[3]), to which opposition AGC has replied.

Upon consideration of the facts, circumstances and documentation before us, we conclude that respondent has not established any of the available defenses to the imposition of discipline in this state (see Uniform Rules for Attorney Disciplinary Matters [22 NYCRR] § 1240.13). Significantly, respondent failed, among other things, to offer anything other than conclusory allegations of unfairness and lack of due process with respect to the lengthy New Jersey disciplinary proceedings, where he was represented by counsel and had the opportunity to present and cross-examine witnesses (see e.g. Matter of Torchia, 151 A.D.3d 1369 [2017]; Matter of Vega, 147 A.D.3d 1196, 1197 [2017]).

Turning to the issue of the appropriate disciplinary sanction, we take note that respondent's public reprimand in New Jersey was tantamount to a censure in this state. Accordingly, we hold that, in order to protect the public, maintain the honor and integrity of the profession and deter others from committing similar misconduct, respondent should be censured in this state (see Matter of Laser, 131 A.D.3d 1336, 1337 [2015]).

Garry, J.P., Egan, Jr., Rose, Mulvey 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 is censured.


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