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News: Attorney Suspended for Failure to Supervise Paralegal’s Work

A recent disciplinary proceeding initiated by the Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District of New York offers again a cautionary tale about attorneys who leave essential work to paralegals and fail to supervise the paralegal’s work.

In this case, Matter of Thomas F. Cusack III, an attorney and counselor-at-law, D35005 (N.Y App. Div. 2nd Dept. 2012), a paralegal who was a relative of the purchaser handled a closing on behalf of a mortgage company without any supervision from her supervising attorney who was not present at the closing.

The paralegal ended up drawing checks at the closing from her supervising attorney’s escrow account that exceeded by approximately $100,000 the funds escrowed for this closing.

After the closing, the attorney did not review the paralegal's work, and thus did not uncover what happened.

After weighing all the facts in this case, the court suspended the attorney from the practice of law for four years.

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New York Law Journal- Overwhelming Proof Justifies Suspension, Panel Finds

Analysis by Mike Mintz: Attorney Suspended from Practice of Law for Failure to Supervise Non-Attorney’s Work