State Court Gives Reciprocal Discipline to Attorney Censured by Federal Court

Case: In the Matter of Vlad A. Kuzmin, an attorney and counselor‑at‑law

Court: Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, New York

Date: 7/24/12

From: New York attorney Gary E. Rosenberg (personal injury and accident attorney and lawyer; serving Brooklyn and Queens; Queens injury lawyer)

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Facts: This case shows that when one court disciplines a lawyer for misconduct, other courts can, too.

This attorney was called out by a Federal appeals court for misconduct in handling immigration cases. The Court says he missed deadlines and, generally, dropped the ball on his immigration cases. This hurt his clients, some of whose cases were dismissed.

In this case, New York's State is asking the State court for "reciprocal discipline." The lawyer does not oppose this.

Held: Lawyer Kuzmin is punished with public censure. This is a slap-on-the-wrist that is broadcast to the world.

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