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In re Introcaso

decided.: May 16, 1984.

IN THE MATTER OF LOUIS P. INTROCASO, AN ATTORNEY AT LAW

ORDER

The Disciplinary Review Board having filed a report charging LOUIS P. INTROCASO of ALLENHURST with gross neglect, failure to represent a client, misrepresentation and conduct reflecting adversely on his fitness to practice, and good cause appearing;

It is ORDERED that the findings of the Disciplinary Review Board are hereby adopted and respondent is suspended for a period of one year and until the further order of this Court, effective immediately; and it is further

Ordered that LOUIS P. INTROCASO be and hereby is restrained and enjoined from practicing law during the period of his suspension; and it is further

Ordered that LOUIS P. INTROCASO reimburse the Office of Attorney Ethics for appropriate administrative costs, including the production of transcripts; and it is further

ORDERED that respondent comply with Administrative Guideline No. 23 of the Office of Attorney Ethics dealing with suspended, disbarred or resigned attorneys.

APPENDIX

Report 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 IX Ethics Committee for Monmouth County. The presentment charges the Respondent with violations of DR 1-102(A)(4), 6-101(A)(1) and 7-101(A)(1) for his failure to pursue a legal matter for which he was retained.

Factual Background

On or about February 1980, Respondent was retained by the Estate of Roy Lawn to collect a judgment of $33,000 against Dominick J. and Carmella Acerra. The judgment became uncollectible after Mr. Acerra filed a petition in bankruptcy and Mrs. Acerra was found to have no funds except for a piece of real estate.

Due to the bankruptcy petition, a mortgage foreclosure was brought against the Acerras by a third party. Respondent received information which led him to believe that there might have been fraud in the mortgage foreclosure because the Acerra's were still in possession of the property. He communicated this to the executor of the decedent's estate, as well as to Ronald Lawn (Complainant), the decedent's son who is a member of the South Carolina Bar. The executor authorized institution of a suit in the Chancery Division of Superior ...


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