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Disciplinary Reporter Case Digest

Attorney ID 42630
Attorney Name Friedmann, Gary  
DBP Docket No. 104 DB 2003
Supreme Court Docket No. 838 DD No. 3
County Out of State
Disciplinary Counsel Samuel D. Miller
Counsel for Respondent None
Decision Date 2003-07-20
Effective Date 2003-08-19
Case Digest By Order dated February 3, 2003, the Supreme Court of New Jersey suspended Respondent from the practice of law in that jurisdiction for three years for 1. entering into an improper loan transaction with a client; 2. unilaterally changing the terms of the note with regard to that loan to the detriment of the client; 3. failing to give the client a mortgage on the 4. failing to have his wife sign the note even though she and Respondent owned the property that secured the loan jointly; 5. made misrepresentations concerning his fees and services and communications to the client; 6. asserting a fraudulent counterclaim in the clientís suit for payment of the loan; and 7. making misrepresentations to the Office of New Jersey Office of Attorney Ethics concerning an agreement involved with the loan. The New Jersey Disciplinary Review Board found that Respondentís conduct constituted a pattern of deceit and deficiency of character and warranted a lengthy suspension. Based on New Jersey case law, the DRB recommended a three year suspension. The Supreme Court of New Jersey adopted that recommendation and entered an Order for Suspension of three years.
Rule Violation(s) 1.8(a), 3.1, 3.3(a)(1), 8.1(a), and 8.4(c).
Discipline Imposed Three year suspension (reciprocal)
Points of Law
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