New Jersey Attorney Admonished for Debt Settlement Activity

Here are some more attorneys, this time in New Jersey, that were disbarred, suspended, or admonished in work that was either specifically related to debt settlement work or activities that could be related to debt settlement. – Source

Barry J. Beran – Admonished on November 25, 2009 (Unreported) for failing to advise client, for whom he was unable to successfully negotiate credit card pay-off amounts, of the possible avenues available to the client and the consequences that could result from whatever action she was inclined to take. Andrew Karcich appeared before the DRB for District IV and respondent appeared pro se. (Andrew Karcich presented the case as a member of the District IV Ethics Committee.)

Anthony J. Fusco, Jr. – Suspended for three months effective February 20, 2009 (197 N.J. 428) for failing to adopt and maintain reasonable efforts to ensure that the conduct of a nonlawyer employee was compatible with the lawyer’s professional obligations, sharing legal fees with the nonlawyer, and engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation. Michael J. Sweeney appeared before the Supreme Court for the OAE and Justin P. Walder represented the respondent. The respondent was previously disciplined: Reprimanded in 1995.

Philip Brent Hover – Disbarred by consent on August 31, 2009 (200 N.J. 213) for knowingly misappropriating client trust funds by taking fees respondent had not yet earned. Christina Blunda Kennedy represented the OAE before the Supreme Court and Albert Burstein represented the respondent. This matter was discovered solely as a result of the Trust Overdraft Notification Program.

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