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In re Gioia

September 28, 1982

IN THE MATTER OF ANDREW A. GIOIA, AN ATTORNEY AT LAW

ORDER OF PUBLIC REPRIMAND

The Disciplinary Review Board having filed a report recommending that ANDREW A. GIOIA of South Lake Hopatcong be publicly reprimanded for taking an attorney's fee in violation of DR 1-102(A)(6) and that he be required to reimburse the Administrative Office of the Courts for appropriate administrative costs incurred in the prosecution of this matter, and this Court having reviewed the entire record, and good cause appearing;

It is ORDERED that the report of the Disciplinary Review Board is hereby adopted and that ANDREW A. GIOIA be and

hereby is publicly reprimanded for his violation of DR 1-102(A)(6); and it is further

Ordered that the Decision and Recommendation of the Disciplinary Review Board, together with this Order and the full record of this matter, be added as a permanent part of the file of said ANDREW A. GIOIA as an attorney at law of the State of New Jersey, and it is further

Ordered that ANDREW A. GIOIA reimburse the Administrative Office of the Courts for appropriate administrative costs in this matter.

Decision and Recommendation of the Disciplinary Review Board

To the Honorable Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of New Jersey:

This matter is before the Board based upon a presentment filed by the District X Ethics Committee. The complaint may be summarized as follows:

SPINAPOLICE COMPLAINT

Respondent was retained by Stephen Fredericks to represent him in connection with two personal injury suits both of which were settled prior to trial. Subsequently, a claim arose against Mr. Frederick's insurance carrier for P.I.P. benefits which was also settled by respondent for $1,000. Out of this sum Mr. Fredericks sought reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses of $160. for a cervical collar and a doctor's report. Additionally, there was an outstanding bill in the amount of $535. for medical treatment rendered by complainant.

On November 7, 1980, respondent forwarded to complainant a check in the amount of $356.66 accompanied by a ...


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