The Disciplinary Review Board having filed a report with the Supreme Court recommending that MORTON FELDMAN of ATLANTIC CITY, who was admitted to the Bar of this State in 1967, be publicly reprimanded for engaging in conduct that adversely reflected on his fitness to practice law in violation of DR 1-102(A)(6), and good cause appearing;
It is ORDERED that the findings of the Disciplinary Review Board are hereby adopted and respondent is publicly reprimanded; and it is further
Ordered that the Decision and Recommendation of the Disciplinary Review Board, together with this order and the full record of the matter, be added as a permanent part of the file of said MORTON FELDMAN as an attorney at law of the State of New Jersey; and it is further
ORDERED that MORTON FELDMAN reimburse the Ethics Financial Committee for appropriate administrative costs; and it is further
Ordered that MORTON FELDMAN, for a period of two years, furnish to the Disciplinary Review Board quarterly reports from his physician that he is following his prescribed medical treatment. The Disciplinary Review Board shall report to the Court with its recommendation on whether the reporting period should be extended prior to the expiration of the two year period.
Decision and Recommendation of the Disciplinary Review Board
This matter is before the Board based upon two presentments filed by the District I (Atlantic County) Ethics Committee and a presentment filed by the District III (Burlington and Ocean Counties) Ethics Committee. These charges are summarized as follows:
Respondent had filed a civil action on behalf of his client, Strauss Glass Co. Inc., against Frank Fantasia and M.A.M., Inc. to collect about $3,800 which was due his client. During the course of the litigation, defendant's counsel sent three letters to Respondent requesting a copy of the docket number. Respondent, however, refused to comply. Defendant's counsel believed that no papers could be filed without this docket number. On July 25, 1978 he had his secretary call the clerk's office to obtain the number. He then learned that Respondent had obtained a default judgment on that date. Defendant's counsel had not received any legal papers requesting this action. When defense counsel attempted to vacate the default, Respondent refused to consent, causing defendant to make a formal motion to obtain the vacation.
The District Committee concluded that Respondent's conduct was unethical and unprofessional, contrary to DR ...