ORDER OF PUBLIC REPRIMAND
The Disciplinary Review Board having filed a report recommending that HAROLD V. O'GRADY of JERSEY CITY be publicly reprimanded for his improper removal of files of his former employer in violation of DR. 1-102(A)(3), (4) and (6) and for his failure to apportion fees in accordance with his fee agreement with that employer in violation of DR. 1-102(A)(4), and the Court having reviewed the record,
And the Disciplinary Review Board further recommending that the respondent be required to reimburse the Administrative Office of the Courts for appropriate administrative costs, including production of transcripts, and good cause appearing
It is ORDERED that the report of the Disciplinary Review Board is hereby adopted and that HAROLD V. O'GRADY be and hereby is publicly reprimanded for his violation of DR. 1-102(A)(3), (4) and (6) and DR. 1-102(A)(4); 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 HAROLD V. O'GRADY as an attorney at law of the State of New Jersey; and it is further
Ordered that HAROLD V. O'GRADY reimburse the Administrative Office of the Courts for appropriate administrative costs, including production of transcripts.
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 V Ethics Committee for Essex County. The presentment charges the respondent with four counts of unethical conduct, all emanating from a complaint filed by the respondent's former employer, the law firm of Young and Young, and summarized as follows:
I. LORENC V. GORECKA MATTER
While an employee of complainant's firm, the respondent represented Bronislawa Lorenc in an annulment action, Lorenc v. Gorecka. Plaintiff paid the respondent a $1,000 fee, which he retained in its entirety. The respondent defended his action on the grounds that the matter had been referred to him directly by plaintiff's sister, a secretary in the firm, and that he had
handled it exclusively. He testified, moreover, that his employment arrangement with the firm was as an hourly employee, with an agreement between himself and the firm that there would be no sharing of fees from legal matters not ...