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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Disciplinary Case to Proceed Against Surrogate Judge

Disciplinary Case to Proceed Against Bronx Surrogate
The New York Law Journal by Brendan Pierson  -  October 4, 2011

Bronx Surrogate Lee L. Holzman has lost a bid to stay a disciplinary proceeding brought against him by the Commission on Judicial Conduct for allegedly allowing Michael Lippman, a former counsel to the Bronx public administrator, to collect $300,000 in excessive fees. The case against the surrogate is now set to resume on Oct. 11.  The commission has charged Surrogate Holzman with failing to prevent Mr. Lippman from collecting insufficiently documented fees in 2005 and 2006 beyond those authorized by an oversight commission, which the surrogate oversaw (NYLJ, Sep. 13). Surrogate Holzman became the chairman of the Administrative Board of the Offices of the Public Administrators in 2002, the year the body formulated guidelines for the payment of counsel to public administrators. The guidelines, which are not mandatory, set compensation at 6 percent of the first $750,000 at issue in an estate case, with the percentage declining in increments to 1.5 percent for amounts exceeding $5 million. Mr. Lippman was indicted last year for allegedly collecting excess fees in five cases, and is now facing criminal charges in the Bronx. Surrogate Holzman eventually fired Mr. Lippman in 2006.  Surrogate Holzman had asked Acting Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe (See Profile) for a stay of his disciplinary proceeding while Mr. Lippman's criminal case was pending on the grounds that Mr. Lippman would exercise his Fifth Amendment right not to testify about the matter before the conduct commission. But Justice Jaffe ruled that, because Mr. Lippman's trial would not begin until Nov. 1 at the earliest, it was not practical to stay Surrogate Holzman's proceeding.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Take out Surrogate Holtzman the same as they did with another former Bronx Surrogate Bert Gelfand. There is a history of this behavior in the Bronx. Mike Lippman was a sidekick of Bert Gelfand.

Anonymous said...

New York's Surrogate Judges are the biggest crooks going. They spread all the money around to their friends. Why just pick on the Bronx? Brooklyn and Queens are pretty awful too? I don't understand. Maybe this particular Surrogate forgot to pay the money to the right people.

Anonymous said...

we have one up here in Westchester, Tony Scarpino who is a real snake! he was in the FBI but I heard the FBI has been watching him for a long time! if he got nailed do you think he would roll over?

Anonymous said...

Someone didn't get the memo.

A breast-cancer survivor sued Proskauer Rose for $10 million Wednesday, saying the elite law firm fired her after an earlier demotion that came upon her return from a medical leave.

Elly Rosenthal, the firm's Chief Financial Officer for 16 years, was let go in March despite a 2008 pledge from the firm's then-chairman that "there will always be a place" for her at Proskauer Rose



Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/10/05/2011-10-05_breastcancer_survivor_claims_elite_law_firm_fired_her_after_taking_medical_leave.html#ixzz1ZxDrAWe5



Does she actually think that she is going to accomplish anything with this?

How long before she learns who her attorney really works for, as well as which side the court is on.

Anonymous said...

Suffolk County has the Hon.Gary Weber.Criminal network. They are stealing estates from deceased after they arrange their deaths.Then they are topping that with filing fraudulent life insurance claims.

Gloria Martin said...

Suffolk County has the Hon.Gary Weber.Criminal network. They are stealing estates from deceased after they arrange their deaths.Then they are topping that with filing fraudulent life insurance claims.

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